Amy Oestreicher is happy to be alive. At nearly 18, she was headed for her prom, college, then hopefully, Broadway, until a blood clot caused her stomach to explode, setting her off course. Amy slipped into a coma for months, only to emerge to be told she may never eat or drink again, while coming to terms with a long-kept secret — that she was sexually abused by a trusted mentor. Enter her poignant, true-to-life adventure, My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful. Amy will be the featured speaker at Stamford JCC’s Book & Author Series on Wednesday, December 11th from 7:30pm -8:30pm at 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT. The presentation will be followed by a Q & A, and book signing.
Amy is now 32 and has done much since that fateful hospital stay, which wouldn't be her last. In fact, she's endured 28 surgeries and survived seven years without food or drink, while her digestive system was repaired and her inner self, healed from devastating trauma. The good news, is, Amy has made it to the spotlight and has beyond thrived: She's not only a memoirist, but an Audie Award-nominated author, PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, award-winning actress, and playwright. Amy is also a mental health advocate, workshop leader, clothing designer and all-around dynamo, despite her continued challenges.
"I'm excited to share my story: how I navigated a seemingly impossible situation to find the real gifts that anyone can discover from facing obstacles of their own. I wrote My Beautiful Detour to convey my unwavering love of life and to set a template for any fellow Detourists – because does anyone’s life go exactly as they plan? I was able to discover how to build resilience in any situation, and I felt it was important to share how exactly I did that. I’m honored to be able to do so at the Stamford JCC," said Amy Oestreicher.
Amy's story starts senior year in high school, chronicles her betrayal from a longtime teacher that corresponded with her medical emergency, and takes the reader to present-day. The memoir illustrates how Amy used creativity to help transform adversity into personal growth, and invites others to do the same. Her miraculous comeback stems from more than a decade of intense resilience-building. And she knows what she writes: Amy has survived organ failure and powered through the PTSD that comes from both emotional and physical trauma. In addition to her moving memoir, Amy is a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 online and print publications. In addition, her story has been featured on NBC's Today, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, and MSNBC, among others.
Author Amy Oestreicher has much to celebrate and welcomes all to her December 11th event for conversation and community, but especially to come away hopeful about reframing life's detours. You can register for the event HERE and find more information on the JCC website at https://www.stamfordjcc.org/events/2019/12/11/community/book-author-series/?fbclid=IwAR3vVgHGQ0d9psExE8ggkGoBvAB4_gh7EWXUwXeq-I7ki_mJnIQcmKvYbpM
To learn more about Amy Oestreicher or to book her for an appearance, visit her website, amyoes.com.
MEMBER $15 / COMMUNITY $20
(Book signing opportunity)