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Kelsey Roseth, Forum News Service, Published February 07 2013

VIDEO: Eight-year-old son, community helping Wadena woman recover from being shot

WADENA, Minn. - It's a miracle that Angie Templin is alive. The Wadena-area woman is the victim of a horrific act of domestic violence.

Her ex-boyfriend shot her before killing himself last October. Now, she's making astonishing strides in her recovery.

Angie's struggled with her injuries for months, just recently gaining the strength to get out of her wheelchair and off of her crutches. Her goal: to return to work, but it's a long road to recovery.

"He took the gun out, and shot me, and then shot himself," Templin said.

That moment changed Templin's life forever. Last October, the Bertha native was shot by her ex-boyfriend before he turned the gun on himself.

She had become concerned of Eric Grewe's behavior in the past. That contributed to the break-up. This time, Grewe had stopped over to pick up his things, and turned it into a terrifying act of domestic violence.

"There were definitely moments where I was afraid. Never did I think it would go that far," Templin said.

The bullet broke her pelvis, and injured her hand. Despite intense pain, she crawled to the phone and called for help.

"I knew I had to hang on for Zander," she said.

Now, each day is a constant struggle to recover. With the help of her 8-year-old son and tight-knit community, she's fighting to get her life back to normal.

"She can't do stuff, she really can't do anything alone," said her son, Zander.

Lori McKnight, a friend of Templin, said, "There's sometimes I cry, just coming to help her, do a dressing change. I think it's gotta be hard."

Templin's medical bills are piling up. She rushes between doctor appointments, pushing herself to heal through exhausting therapy sessions.

"I'm missing bone so muscles in my leg and hip and stuff have to compensate," she said.

Despite the mental and physical pain, Templin's positivity shines, saying she's staying strong for her family, her friends, and other domestic violence victims.

The ribbon around her wrist says it all: "Perhaps I am stronger than I think."

"That's really powerful. To think you can get through this, you can survive," she said.

A benefit has been set up for Templin.