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Amy Oestreicher joins us to discuss how she turned her life-threatening illness and over 27 surgeries into what she now calls a beautiful detour. 


  • Finding hope when in our most difficult times 
  • Dealing with the fear of not being able to make our mark on the world 
  • Turning obstacles into opportunity 
  • How Amy turned her story into a beautiful detour
  • Why art and creativity can help us to heal 
  • The unexpected places that detours take us
  • Bringing a sense of wonder to our daily lives 
  • Using gratitude to build resilience 
  • Shifting our questions from “why me?” to “why not?”


I wasn’t able to heal until I could start sharing my story. 

There’s life outside the plans we have for ourselves. 

I don’t think you can change people until they’re ready to change. 

When you find out what you’re grateful for, you realize what you’re about.

If life does take a detour you’ve got to follow that detour and just be open to where it leads because you really don’t know what you’ll get along the way.


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Amy Oestreicher is a  PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for RAINN, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright.  

Originally aired 9 months ago.

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