(CNN) -- She beat Ebola. Now she's eager to get back to normal -- and reunite with her dog, Bentley.
Nina Pham addressed reporters Friday at the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after doctors announced that she was free of the Ebola virus.
"I feel fortunate and blessed to be standing here today," she said. "Throughout this ordeal, I have put my faith in God and my medical team."
She said she believes in the power of prayer and thanked people around the world who have prayed for her.
Pham strode to a bank of microphones moments after the NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci said she was free of the virus.
Looking composed, the nurse thanked Dr. Kent Brantly, the American physician who also survived Ebola, for donating his plasma to her while she was sick.
Pham, who grew up in a Vietnamese family in Fort Worth, Texas, graduated with a nursing degree in 2010 and just months ago received a certification in critical care nursing, which deals with life-threatening problems.
She said Friday that she looks forward to resuming a normal life and seeing her dog, Bentley, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel who has been held in quarantine -- just in case -- back in Texas. She said she's been through a "very stressful and challenging time and asked for privacy."