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Boston bombings survivor Nicole Gross speaks seven months later

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Boston bombings survivor Nicole Gross, stood before a crowd Friday night, bravely sharing her story despite her fear of public speaking.

She told the crowd of runners gearing up for Saturday's Thunder Road Marathon in uptown, "for those of you who know me well - you understand that me standing up on this stage is way out of my comfort zone."

But it was a zone she freely stepped out of in hopes of inspiring others with her remarkable story. Seven months ago on April 15 -- Gross was severely injured at the finish line of the Boston Marathon while waiting for her mom to finish the race. She suffered severe injuries to both legs.

Gross talked about her seven month journey to recovery and the struggle to feel whole again.

"I believe that I'm here for a reason to stand on this stage today and speak my truth," she said. "My recovery has not been easy."

She spoke of daily challenges but revealed it's gotten easier by embracing what she calls her inner athlete.

"Believe that you are stronger than anything that has happened to you in your past or what is happening to you right now," she said, struggling to speak through her tears.

It's that strength she says is giving her the courage to stand at a finish line once again.

[Saturday] marks the very first time that the four of us: my husband, my mom, my sister and I will all be standing at the finish line of race," she said smiling proudly. "We're here to tell the world that we're not scared to be at a finish line again. We will embrace the finish line one more time."

As Gross continues her recovery -- she revealed what truly makes her a survivor. 

"It is only through honesty and trust that we become survivors of our experiences of triumph and tragedy and not victims," she said.

The Thunder Road 5k, half and full marathon starts at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday.

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