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My stomach exploded. (Seriously – it’s in the talk.)

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

“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

Published on Jun 16, 2016

Find out about the one-woman musical I mention in my TEDx Talk. See it in NYC June 30th, 2017!

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.

TEDx Syracuse GLITCH: Saturday April 16th, 2016

Watch an inspiring TEDx talk about getting through any “detour” in life! #LoveMyDetour

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Update…Another TEDx Talk!

I’m was thrilled to be give my second TEDx Talk on February, 2017 25th at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

TEDxVCU 2017 PATTERNS too place on February 25, 2017.

Stay tuned for the video in May, and check out photos from the event here.

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!  

“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

Did you know you can rate my TEDx Talk on the official TED site? 

 It’s super easy!  Here’s the form!

To go directly to the form, click on the link: “To flag a video (good or bad!), use this form.”

TEDxSyracuseUniversity presents:

April 16, 2016

 “Although the average person would dub many of the things Oestreicher experienced as a series of unfortunate events, she describes them as her life’s “beautiful detours.” She explained that each of the seemingly tragic events that she faced led to beautiful new beginnings in her life, like starting college, traveling around the country performing her one-woman show and meeting her husband of 10 years. “- The Daily Orange

Amy Oestreicher

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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