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Monica Landrum in hospital bed. (Source: Landrum family/ March 9, 2015) Monica Landrum in hospital bed. (Source: Landrum family/ March 9, 2015)
Monica Landrum survives fiery car wreck. (Source: Landrum family/ March 9, 2015) Monica Landrum survives fiery car wreck. (Source: Landrum family/ March 9, 2015)
Wreckage after fiery crash (Source: Landrum family/ March 9, 2015) Wreckage after fiery crash (Source: Landrum family/ March 9, 2015)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - When Monica Landrum hits Proaxis Therapy in Spartanburg, it can be an intense work-out session.

There are lifts, laps and more stretches and through it all she is exercising her will to take new steps in her life.

"They push me here," she said.

Doctors said she isn't supposed to be standing, walking or even breathing. That's because last October a store camera captured a Honda Civic Landrum was riding in as it crashed into a gas tank and exploded at a Spinx gas station on White Horse Road in Greenville County.

Landrum was sitting in the back seat as a passenger, along with the driver and two other passengers. The driver, 19-year-old Shazaire Mitchell, was killed, but Landrum and the other two passengers survived.

Landrum's injuries are the most severe.

"I always used to think 'oh my God, they're cutting my hair off. I'm not going to be able to walk, my arm is messed up,'" she said.

However, she said the true beauty is in how she sees herself now as she turns the corner in her healing. She believes it all happened for a reason.

"I wake up every morning and I just thank God for the simple things in life like for the sun shinning in on my room, I thank him for the rain," Landrum said.

She said her life is now her testimony and she wants to share her story with others.

"If it wasn't for him, I would not be here today because it's amazing that I even got out of the car by the way that it looked," she said.

Landrum said pictures of the wreck are her reminder of what she's gone through and where's she's going as she is determined to be able to fully walk again.

"I remember pulling out of the Walmart parking lot and after that nothing else, waking up in the hospital," she said.

Troopers said speed played a role in the crash which caused Mitchell to lose control.

"It happened so fast for me, I remember nothing," Landrum said.

There's a scar from a gash to her head, broken bones and her leg was so damaged she thought she would lose it.

"They thought that I was going to have brain damage," she said. "I had a collapsed lung and then my leg was degloved."

Landrum said doctors saved her leg and God and therapists helped save her.

"I wouldn't be walking at the moment," she said.

Now, she's building her muscle and courage at Proaxis Therapy in Spartanburg.

"So, does it feel like you've been walking better," Thomas Burns asked her.

Burns is one of Landrum's therapists and he said he's pushing her.

"We try to give her the best coaching and all the technique with whatever we're doing," Burns said. "We're doing a lot of soft tissue work, lot of join mobilization to try and get more range of motion at that joint."

Landrum works with other therapists too and is stretching herself and looking for new ways to handle things because of damage to her arm and her hand. She wears a brace made especially to help her pick up things.

"I couldn't grab before this brace," she said.

However, she said pain is progress and step by step she said her life is taking a turn for the better.

"Sometimes God has to show you another way and he showed me that way and it has changed my life completely," Landrum said.

She said now she wants to become a therapist because of that wreck and because of the progress she's made in her recovery.

"They really got me up on my feet and walking and everything and I love them for that," she said.

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