Happy 24th Birthday, Amber Portwood! You've Come A Long Way, Baby


Many people make spectacles out of their birthdays, but as long as Amber Portwood's surrounded by her loved ones, she's good to go. The former "Teen Mom" cast member, who turns 24 today, took to Twitter last night to reflect on how far she's come in the past few years, and considering that she was behind bars only seven months ago, she's certainly got a lot to celebrate.

"I'm truly blessed to be free and healthy today...can't wait for my future and enjoying my present..love," Amber tweeted, adding that she plans to spend the day with those who have stuck by her through some tough times.

After being sentenced to five years in jail in June 2012 for violating probation surrounding a case of drug possession, Amber was released early from prison in November 2013 (a process documented in the "Being Amber" special below), and has been striving for a cleaner, more peaceful life since. She even recently acted as a mentor for troubled teens -- some of whom also abused drugs -- on "Maury." Turning the negatives into positives is totally admirable -- there's no pity party here!

Share your thoughts on how far Amber has come, and be sure to wish her a happy birthday!