LATHAM, N.Y. - It has been nine days since the horrific Northway crash which took the lives of two Shenendehowa High School students and severely injured two other teens.
Shaker High School senior Bailey Wind is one of the survivors, and is impacting this community in a very big way. On Twitter and Facebook, Wind has received hundreds of messages calling her an inspiration.
Monday night, NEWS10's Taryn Kane spoke with Wind at her home, who says this whole week doesn't feel real, it feels like a horrible dream.
"Words can't describe. I'm so glad I'm alive," she says. "I tell people I don't want anything for Christmas, I'm just glad I'm here."
The 17-year-old is home, sitting in her family room, but living in a different world.
In one week's time, she suffered serious injuries from the December 1st crash, breaking her neck, losing many of her teeth and having two titanium plates put into her jaw.
But above all of that, Bailey is grieving the loss of her good friend Deanna Rivers and her boyfriend, Chris Stewart.
"I miss hanging out with him, I miss everything about him," she says. "It's just hard everyday, not being able to see him."
"Do you feel him with you?" asks Kane.
"I do, thank God, I do," answers Bailey.
Bailey says she and Chris had just celebrated their one year anniversary. She wears an engraved necklace he gave her that says "forever and always," as well as an infinity ring.
"We were planning on staying together even if he went to a different college," she says. "We were planning on working it out through college, no matter where he went, and seeing where it went from there. But I knew it would have worked."
Bailey, Chris, Deanna and Deanna's boyfriend Matt Hardy had just returned to Bailey's home in Latham from a Siena-UAlbany basketball game.
Bailey says they were headed to Deanna's house in Clifton Park right before the accident happened.
"When I close my eyes, I do feel like I'm flipping around in the car, I do remember that," she says.
Bailey says the week that followed was the longest week of her life.
But lining the walls of her home are countless banners, flowers, cards and gifts, all encouraging her to stay strong, calling the 17-year-old an inspiration.
"I feel there is a lot I can do," says Bailey. "God put me on this earth and kept me on this earth for a reason, and that reason is something I've got to figure out."
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