Posted: Apr 11, 2013 4:52 PM by Judy Slate
Updated: Apr 11, 2013 5:03 PM
BOZEMAN - It's been just over two months since Laura Lee Sheehan was released from the burn unit at a Salt Lake City hospital and more than seven months since the explosion that left her critically injured.
Since her release, she has been recovering at her mother's home in Bozeman.
Thanks to social media, thousands of people have been following Laura Lee's story, which started on Labor Day weekend when her Harrison home exploded. A Facebook page, "Supporting Laura Lee Sheehan," has more than 3,500 "likes."
While Laura Lee appreciates the support and attention, it's something she says she doesn't quite understand.
"It's still weird to go to WalMart and have strangers some up to me and let me know they've been following my story. It's very nice," she said.
Since the Sept. 2, 2012 explosion, her Facebook friends have followed her journey as she has been treated for burns that covered 70 percent of her body and broke dozens of bones.
A big part of her recovery has been the help of friends, like Jen Rather.
"(I) bring her food, visit with her. She would be right there if this happened to any of us," Jen said.
"She's extremely loyal. I don't think I could have done this without out her," Laura Lee said of her friend.
Laura Lee's recovery hasn't been easy. Her right foot had to be reconstructed. She continues to heal, though not as quickly as she would like.
"My mind thinks I can do a lot more things than my body can," she said.
"She amazes me more every time I see her. She's definitely got the determination above and beyond anybody I've ever, ever known," Jen said.
Laura Lee has visited the place where her house once stood. She has only been there once since the explosion, and for now, she says one time is enough.