updated 07/09/2013 AT 5:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/09/2013 AT 6:00 AM ET
With smiles and determined confidence, the three Cleveland women who survived 10 years in captivity released a joint video Tuesday to warmly thank their supporters and show how far they’ve come in the two months since their dramatic and unexpected rescue.
“I want everyone to know how happy I am to be home with my family and my friends. It’s been unbelievable,” said Amanda Berry, now 27.
“I may have been through hell and back,” said Michelle Knight, at 32 the oldest of the trio, “but I am strong enough to walk through hell with a smile on my face, and with my head held high, and my feet firmly on the ground.”