Cecilie (26) from Sarpsborg sits in her home. survived the terrorist attack carried out by Anders Breivik on the island of Utoya while she was attending an AUF (Workers' Youth League) political camp in July 2011. During the massacre she hid at the south end of Utoya with her best friend Andrine. Cecilie was shot in her arm, her shoulder and chin. The bullet was stopped by her wisdom tooth, which most likely saved her life. Andrine died. Cecile had her arm amputated. Now Cecilie is completely incapacitated for work after the gunshot wounds she received in the attack. She lives with her dog Miko and sings in a choir.

'I am actively working to get out of what I call the Utoya prison. But because of the physical injuries, I believe that I will never be completely free. Even though I am strong, it is still difficult to survive everyday. In good periods, I feel a greater joy of life than before. I have become more confident and reflective.'

Her advice to herself: 'Don't just look at the dark side, but continue the process that you have begun. Stop isolating yourself, and open up about your feelings to those closest to you. You are not a burden.'

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