And that she would seem to look good from the outside, even able to talk about mundane teen interests despite losing two family members and enduring a harrowing ordeal at the hands of someone who had been a family friend shouldn't be altogether surprising.
"This is not the most difficult time for someone who is grieving because you have a lot of support of people around you, a lot of attention," she said.
Darker times are almost certainly ahead for the girl, Ludwig suggested.
"The difficulty comes when everybody forgets and you're left in your life, one year, two years, three years down the road, and the people and the crowds are not there."
That's in part why Hannah's rural community came together Thursday to host a fundraiser for her.
The money raised will go toward Hannah's needs in the future. Any extra will be donated to support exploited children, said her father, Brett Anderson.
He added his own take on how she's doing: "Hannah sends her love. She's doing good day by day, and we'll keep moving forward from here."