Brittney Griner made a public statement for the first time since being released from a Russian prison. Griner, who returned to the U.S. on Dec. 9 after being held in Russia for almost 10 months, expressed gratitude and joy when she went to Instagram on Friday.

“It feels so good to be home!” the WNBA star wrote. “The last 10 months have been a battle at every turn. I dug deep to keep my faith and it was the love from so many of you that helped keep me going. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone for your help.”