After more than a year of rehab, Marine Cpl. Garrett Carnes is finally home for good.
"My whole thing was, 'Well, at least I'm still here. At least I'm still alive,'" Carnes said.
It's an outlook that's taken Carnes from the battlefields of Afghanistan, through nearly 30 surgeries and finally to his living room in Mooresville.
Carnes was injured in an explosion while on patrol in February 2012.
"When I first heard the blast I though it was one of my other marines that was injured," Carnes said.
But it was Carnes who lost portions of both his legs in the blast.
"You go into the fact knowing that this is a possibility. You could lose limbs, you could lose your life, you could lose your buddy," said Carnes.
In November 2012, Channel 9 went to Walter Reed Medical Center as Carnes was going through rehab.
He said the support of his wife and family has kept him in the right frame of mind to deal with the challenges.
"You just keep doing it and then your body gets used to it, then your mind gets used to it. Then it just becomes like walking on your God-given feet," said Carnes.
Now, finally home for good, Carnes is looking toward the future, including the possibility of college next January.
"The most powerful tool that god has given us is our mind so even if I'm feeling down about something or kind of discouraged about something with my physical abilities I just tell myself, I try and convince myself that my legs can't limit me in life. They're not going to limit me from doing anything I want to do," he said.