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If your life were a book, and you were the author…

December 15, 2011

Amy Purdy

Sometimes, circumstances in our life dramatically change and all our plans are broken in a few seconds. That’s what happened to Amy Purdy when she went into coma and was diagnosed with meningitis, with only 2 % chance of living, at the age of nineteen. Since she was a little girl, she always dreamed of being free but then she lost her two kidneys, the hearing in one ear and her two legs from her knees as a consequence of her illness.  After the healing period at hospital, she felt desolated because she thought she was never going to travel around the world as she had always wanted.

Afterwards, she got depressed and stayed in bed for some months. However, she realised that she needed to reinvent herself and broke with the old Amy… At that moment she asked herself: If my life were a book and I were the author, How would I want the story to go? And with the power of her imagination she made a pair of artificial legs in which she won two World Gold Medals snowboarding.

Amy’s story is full of emotion and it’s a very huge overcoming lesson  in which we can learn how we can achieve whatever we want. There are no obstacles if we use our creativity.

I hope you enjoy her lecture, as I have… It’s really inspiring… And if you want to know more about Amy’s biography, visit her website:

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Xelo permalink
    December 15, 2011 11:27 am

    It have really shocked me to listen Amy telling the story of his life. It has been very hard. This should make us reflect on our lives. I think when we have some poblems, we should relativize then before overwhelmed us, if possible. That will save us some momments of innecesary distress.

  2. December 15, 2011 12:15 pm

    That was a really touching speech. The best thing one person can do in difficult situations is trying to see the positive things like she did. From that moment, you will be able to construct a new life. Like she said, our mind is our most powerful tool, we just need to make a change and be creative.

    For me, a great example of self-improvement and should be an inspiration to everyone.

  3. hortensiaenglish permalink
    December 15, 2011 2:22 pm

    The Amy’s story reminds me Irene Villa, the girl who was the victim of an Eta attack when she was 12, and lost her legs and several fingers of one of her hands. I never saw her complain, or sad, or angry. Always smiling. And now she works as a journalist and is also a writer, practices skiing, and lives with her husband awaiting the arrival of their first child.

  4. jesarqit permalink
    December 15, 2011 3:52 pm

    I really enjoy TEDtalks. They are full of inspiration and Amy´s touching story is another example. Thanks for the post, I totally agree with the idea that we all can write our own story even when we have to accept what John Lennon pointed out, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. But, keep making plans and implementing them.

  5. December 15, 2011 3:58 pm

    This is a very interesting story about how humans can overcame any obstacle with our minds. Our imagination is the key to make our dreams come true.
    The way she walks is amazing, She has got many things….It’s brilliant.

  6. December 15, 2011 8:03 pm

    Thanks for your heartening and moving post. This story is very stirring and she is a brave and “believer” person. The key is always “believe”. “You can do something, if you believe that you can do it”.

  7. Eugenia Ferrer Perez permalink
    December 16, 2011 6:21 pm

    A very good friend of mine lost her leg several years ago, and although since then, her life has become a little bit more difficult, she continues working, bringing up her two children and running her home withought complaining.
    I´ll send her Amy´s speech because I think she´ll understand her courage.
    Bravo for both of them!!!

  8. December 16, 2011 6:53 pm

    The human being capacity of overcome difficulties never ceases of amazing to me. I have examples of close friends with similar situation that have a “normal life”: I have a collegue that uses a wheel chair after a meningitis she caught when she was 12,

    Yesterday a collegue, whom I had no news for months, phoned me to tell me that he was suffering an illness named Guillem-Barre sindrome what it hadn’t given up him to buy a new house. He was telling me his problems with total naturality and the one who was worried about it was me!!!

    But, from far, the person who has me impressed more is Elvira Roda. She is a friend’s sister and if you want to know about her you can take a glance to this video:

  9. Lydia Carrasco permalink
    December 19, 2011 8:36 pm

    I have a cousin with a problem in his legs because last summer had a very hard accident. I’m sure this video can help him because he is a bit depressed since July. He is only 24 years old and last week was his birthday. Last Friday night he knew the boy who phoned the ambulance and saved my cousin life.

    Life is amazing, isn’t it?

  10. Laura permalink
    December 20, 2011 11:23 am

    This story is a beautiful example of overcoming. I’ve never heard of that girl, but the message she gives is really important: Impossible is nothing in life. Besides, I think it’s a good idea to think about what kind of book would be the one which tells our life.

  11. yasalve permalink
    January 2, 2012 1:22 pm

    I’m surprise of all the stories that you are telling. I don’t have any relative with a disability and I didn’t know that they can be so positive. I think they really enjoy every day of their life because they know that is a gift. For us is different, we only see the bad side of the life because we don’t appreciate it.
    Another wonderful story is about Albert Casals. He is a young boy who is in wheelchair and he have traveled around the world without any fear and being as positive as he can.
    If you want to know more about him, watch this video.


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