"They're here and I'm responsible for them and they look to me. So that pushes me to do what needs to be done and that is helping me, too, in a way."
Don't call her a victim
Since the bombings, Mery says her insurance hasn't put up a fight about paying her medical bills. Her new leg alone costs $50,000. But there is worry down the road when adjustments and a new prosthetic become necessary.
Dr. David Crandell, director of Spaulding's amputee program, says, "they [insurance companies] will cover a basic cost but they may not cover the full or higher end prosthesis so the patient has to be a good advocate."
One Fund Boston has distributed more than $60 million to some 237 victims even as donations continue to come in. Merydaniel.com, a website Mery's friend set up, has raised some $46,200 -- but has hit a plateau, she says.
The monies are set aside in a trust for Mery that will be used for future medical expenses and her overall well-being.
"I'm thankful for those who have donated but people move on. Even us survivors, we don't stay in the moment, either. We move on," she says. "But I do think it's important for people to be reminded of what happened that day."
Asked about her reflections on the last five months, Mery will tell you she is stronger and that she is no victim. She is a survivor.
"You have to go through certain things in life, certain hurdles to really get to your element -- to find out who you are ... I don't want to say I'm glad it happened, but if I could use that to better myself then that's a good thing. Now it's part of me, and so I move on and I'm learning how to live my life. And that to me is -- it's like I'm winning."
If you'd like to donate to the victims of the Boston Bombing, the One Fund Boston site is still accepting donations. To donate directly to Mery Daniel, please visit www.merydaniel.com