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Scroll down to view TEDx Talk #2: How to Turn Trauma Into a Warrior’s Adventure. and TEDx #3Reweaving Loss Into Memory: Our Responsibility as Survivorsnewly uploaded!




TEDx Syracuse GLITCH
Saturday April 16, 2016




“A Detourist travels along detours – simple enough.  But in addition, a Detourist embraces those unexpected routes as opportunities for growth, change and self-fulfillment.  I hope to serve as living proof that a detour can lead to unexpected blessings.  Because of my Detour, I’ve learned so much about myself, my world, and the strength I never even knew I had.” – Amy Oestreicher



Find out about the one-woman musical Gutless & Grateful, featured in my TEDx Talk. See it next here!


Amy’s life didn’t go exactly as she planned it – but does anyone’s?  That’s a Detour.

At 18 years old, Amy Oestreicher had her life all figured out: go to college, star on Broadway, and conquer the world. When a blood clot literally caused her stomach to explode, Amy’s life took some unexpected “detours.” In this talk, Amy explains why being a “Detourist” has inspired her to transform obstacles in her path into opportunities for growth by finding the “flowers” from her detour, using all aspects creativity – music, art, writing and theatre – to heal and find the positive.


Saturday February 25, 2017




I was thrilled to be give my second TEDx Talk on February, 2017 25th at Virginia Commonwealth UniversitySee photos from the event here. You can also read the inspiration behind the talk in my HuffPost articles, the archetypal hero’s journey, and the transformative power of story.


Watch an inspiring TEDx talk about getting through any “detour” in life! #LoveMyDetour [click to tweet]

TEDxFSCJ: Barriers
My most recent TEDx Talk was in Jacksonville, Florida, 4/7/18 for TEDxFSCJ: Barriers.

Learn about the play, FIBERS, I discuss in the talk. See pictures from the event.  Learn about the oral history work that inspired the play.


How I got my first TEDx Talk


From a happy-go-lucky musical theatre teen, to surviving sexual abuse, a coma, six years without food or drink, and 27 surgeries, it’s been a very long, detoured journey, and it still isn’t over yet.


Example: Last April, I gave a TEDx Talk about unexpected paths in life. The week after I gave it. I got a divorce.  Another detour.


But what makes the journey meaningful, and ultimately rewarding, is the ability to share, and know that you can possibly help someone through their own “detours.” Something I’ve learned over time, is that a Detour is Not a Dead End – which was the title of my first TEDx Talk!  


Did you know you can rate my TEDx Talk on the official TED site?  It’s super easy!  Here’s the form!


“How do you get a TEDx Talk?”



Many people have reached out to me and have asked “what it takes” to “get” a TEDx Talk.  So, I’ve put together a little e-book with tips that have helped me. Check it out at






Contact Amy as a speaker today.

 Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, speaker for RAINN, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright, eagerly sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking. Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, a campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges. As the Eastern Regional Recipient of the Great Comebacks Award, Amy has spoken to hundreds of WOCN nurses on behalf of ostomates nationwide. She contributes to over 70 online and print publications, and her story has appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, among others.

Determined to bridge the gap of communication between wellness resources on college campuses and students, Amy is currently touring college campuses with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre as well as her one-woman autobiographical musical, Gutless & Grateful.

Contact Amy as a speaker today.

“Her story is a bit extreme for my audience.” And other Speaking FAQ’s



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