On My Own Two Feet

On My Own Two Feet

From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life

Book - 2014
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Oprah Winfrey calls Amy Purdy her inspiration. Now, read Amy's story in her own words and prepare to be inspired . . .

America fell in love with Amy Purdy as the incredible girl with bionic legs who managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the season 18 finale of Dancing with the Stars with her partner, Derek Hough. But viewers were only given a glimpse into her past and how she managed to get there. Now, for the first time, Amy reveals the powerful, moving story of her personal spiritual awakening as a result of a sudden and often fatal blood infection that caused her to lose both of her legs.

When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted the deadly bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience that Amy has never talked about until now, she saw three beings who told her: "You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end." As she hovered between life and death, Amy knew she had to make a choice. And in that moment, she chose life.

In On My Own Two Feet , Amy takes readers inside her childhood and up to the defining life or death moment. Despite the grim prognosis, she was determined to not just beat the odds and walk again but to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality--and share that spirit with the world. Amy seized her second chance at life and earned a bronze medal in adaptive snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Games. Her life is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to defy expectations and rewrite our stories. Amy's poignant, uplifting memoir reminds us to live life to the fullest, because we are all much more capable than we could ever imagine.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062379092
Branch Call Number: 796.0456 PUR
Characteristics: viii, 248 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Burford, Michelle

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AL_JANETH Feb 01, 2017

Amy is an amazing women with determination and courage. Her autobiography is inspiring to never give up and if you have faith and believe in yourself anything is possible.

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sayanghosh
Jul 01, 2016

I heard about Amy through her organization Adaptive Action Sports. When I saw the known name in library rack and its about her own story, I could not resist reading it out of interest how she could manage but about the iron (footed!) lady- its just said about her struggle or her passions. I don't want to say her autobiography is inspirational- its more than that. Its motivating, its something which we don't encounter everyday but whenever you face, you know how to overcome. Its just like the phrase 'Phoenix from the ashes'. A must read for everybody.

LaughingOne Mar 18, 2015

I first heard about Amy Purdy when she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. When I saw she had a biography out, I put it on hold. I'm really glad I did. This book tells about her life before her illness and then about her hospitalization, removal of her legs, recovery, needing a kidney transplant, more recovery. And moving on. Amy had tough decisions to make, she made them, and she grew and became an amazing woman, showing great resiliency and courage. Her biography is inspirational; she has such at attitude of gratitude that I believe I can also have more gratitude for the hard things in my own life. This is definitely worth the read.

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