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Life Gives Second Chances – She’s Still Alive

I was HONORED to be on “Never Give Up” – Stories of Ordinary People Who Have Experienced the Extraordinary. Definitely check out her podcast – it’s a whole series of interviews with people who, well…never give up hope!

You can listen to the interview here:


Amy had a severe pain in her stomach while she was at a family celebration that caused her to pass out and remain comatose.  “My stomach exploded! How cool is that!”  were Amy Oestreicher’s first words to her biology instructor when she came out of a four-month coma.  

She was given 122 units of blood and survived 27 surgeries to rebuild her digestive system.  She was told she would never dance again, never sing again and never eat food by mouth again.  She proved them wrong on each count.

Amy is a 28-year-old actress who tried out for a local production of Oliver and got the lead – WHILE hospitalized.  She wrote and starred in her one-woman musical, Gutless and Grateful, and was nominated for the Broadway World Award for Best Theatre Debut.


I Can Hold On

While in the hospital, she used various media types to produce 70 pieces of art (from tissue to cardboard) that were discovered by “The Today Show” and she is now a renowned artist.

She is a tornado to be reckoned with — a one-woman powerhouse of determination and tenacity who has just begun.

You won’t want to miss a minute of her interview.


Thanks Carol!  You can read my secrets to keeping hope alive here!



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