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“I was not able to fully appreciate the beauty of my detours until I was able to share them. As a performer, all I’ve wanted to do was give back to the world. But now I have an even greater gift to give: a story to tell.”
Amy grew up believing that her entire life would be dedicated to the performing arts. Now, she identifies as a survivor and “thriver” of sexual abuse, 27 surgeries, coma, organ failure, and the PTSD that comes from ten years of trauma – or what she now calls her “beautiful detour.”
At 18, years old, a blood clot caused Amy’s body to go into septic shock. She was in a coma for six months, and after a total gastrectomy, was unable to eat or drink a drop of water for six of the past ten years. After 27 surgeries, she was miraculously reconnected with the intestines she had left. To persevere through those tumultuous years took great inner and outer strength.
She has learned that the human spirit feeds off of hope, and hope is fuel we can cultivate ourselves. Ultimately, she learned that with resourcefulness, creativity, and unwavering curiosity, we can transform any adversity into personal growth and a resilience that is uniquely ours.
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If you liked this interview, check out episode 184 with the Drinking Partners Ed Bailer and Day Bracey, where we discuss comedy and the business of comedy.