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Survivors trying to rebuild their lives one year after March 2 tornado

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HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The nation came to Henryville to help the community recover from the March 2 tornado. But there are many lives that will be much harder to repair.

Trish Gilles remembers it like it was yesterday: the day a tornado bore down on her home.

"It threw us 100 yards into the field, and that's when it just dropped us. And then the house shattered," she recalled.

The house was a pile of rubble. Trish suffered serious injuries, including a broken back and shattered pelvis. 

"I still have several therapies to go through," she said. "We're trying to get everything working right."

The home has been rebuilt. Though she still bears physical and emotional scars, Trish's spirit is strong.

"You feel blessed that you are here -- that you have overcome so much," she said.

As much progress as has been made, there are some things -- some people -- that cannot be replaced.

Amanda Jackson lost part of her family on March 2.

"They say you lose a child, you think about them every minute. You do. Every minute," said Jackson. 

Jackson's son and her grandparents were killed in the storm. Amanda was badly hurt.

"You learn to deal with the pain that you are in, and you go on," she said. 

Amanda's home is being rebuilt in Chelsea just yards away from the spot where the storm hit. She plans to spend March 2 quietly.

"One day at a time. As long as we make it one day at a time. And some days we don't make it very far at all," she said.

Meantime, Trish Gilles is helping plan Henryville's parade and commemorative service.

"It is part of our healing; part of our healing process and how we recover after this," she said. 

There are a couple of common emotions from the March 2 survivors. One is worry whenever there is a storm. But there also gratitude as well: gratitude towards all those who helped rebuild this shattered city.

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