(KCEN) -- For months we've been following the story of Aimee Copeland the Georgia grad student who contracted flesh eating bacteria.
The young woman's life has dramatically changed but now she's finally back home.
Home at last. Aimee Copeland's road to recovery finally brought her back to Snellville Georgia, the town where she grew up.
It's the first time friends, neighbors and loved ones have been able to see and touch Aimee since a rare flesh eating bacteria ravaged her body.
What could've taken her life has dramatically changed it.
After enduring multiple amputations, the 24 year old has spent almost six months recovering and rehabilitating her body. She described the first time she was able to pull herself upright.
"I didn't even have a prosthetic yet, I just had a test socket that they brought and it was just the most incredible feeling. I don't think I can top that," Aimee says.
And during those long months in the hospital what did she miss the most?
"Oh, going to the beach in the summertime, I missed the whole season."
Aimee's rehab will continue at her parent'' home, which underwent major renovations to make it more accessible.
Friday's homecoming capped off a busy week for Aimee.
On Tuesday, she walked on to the national stage, giving her first public interview on the Katie show with Katie Couric. Her strength and smile inspiring.
A small town girl, now a hometown hero.