updated 11/13/2012 AT 6:20 PM ET
•originally published 11/14/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
Even more astounding? Her perspective on what’s happened.
“It’s kind of weird to say, but I wouldn’t trade it,” Scruggs, 24, tells PEOPLE in an exclusive interview. “I have seen it as a miracle. I’ve been through a lot but I’m living.”
Make that thriving. During PEOPLE’s recent photo shoot at her home outside Dallas, the Lolomag.com editor shared what her life is like today, from adjusting to her prosthetic eye and several different prosthetic arms, to re-learning how to tie her shoes and drive.
“Sometimes it’s easy to dwell on the fact that I don’t look the same,” says Scruggs, who is releasing a memoir written with her family on Thursday. “But every day I’m feeling better and better.”
Lauren’s parents and twin sister Brittany also opened up to PEOPLE about how they’re healing as a family.
Says Lauren’s father, Jeff: “You don’t take life for granted anymore.”