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You can read Amy’s articles for the publication Sammiches and Psych Meds here.

 

DIVORCE IS A DETOUR

Divorce Is a DetourYou may not know where your detour is headed, and the road may be terrifying at times, but that’s OK. When my life took a “detour” at 18 years old, I coined myself a “Detourist.” My detour was a decade full of surgeries and medical crises when a coma my senior year of high school changed my…

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HOW TO LISTEN TO YOUR CHILDHOOD DREAMER

How to Listen to Your Childhood DreamerDo you remember what age you were first asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Did you fantasize about being an astronaut, a superhero, a nurse?  Did you have a favorite sport to play, instrument to practice, story to read, or dream to lose yourself in as a child? For me,…

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CONFESSIONS OF AN AGORAPHOBIC

Confessions of an Agoraphobic[nextpage title=”Page 1″ ] Through my window I see a scattered array of lines on the beach.  Scattered lines and circles throughout the world.  A colossal rim that engulfs the ocean, like a cell swallowing a parasite in endocytosis.  The rocks around the shore generously hug the wide, wide waters, a warm, open mother hug…

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HOW TO FIND YOURSELF IN FALL

How to Find Yourself in Fall[nextpage title=”Page 1″ ] What is it about fall that brings so many new beginnings to mind? The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, of mulled cider, of brisk autumn air. The earthy color of bark, the excitement of football season (for my husband, at least), and the hot touch of toasting pumpkin seeds. Fall brings…

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WHY I CREATED A GRATITUDE LIST AT MY LOWEST POINT

Why I Created A Gratitude List at My Lowest PointShopping lists, to-do lists, packing lists – lists are an easy way for busy people to retain information.  Of all places, I found myself making the most lists in the hospital.  And of all kinds of lists – after a surgery that went terribly wrong – I found myself creating a gratitude list. This was…

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LATE BLOOMERS BLOSSOM, TOO: BACK TO SCHOOL AND LIFE AT 25

Late Bloomers Blossom, Too: Back to School and Life at 25  [nextpage title=”Page 1″ ] Overcoming Life’s Unplanned Obstacles, Taking a Chance and Emerging a Winner Three years ago, when I was twenty-five and a newly-enrolled college freshman (yes, you read that right), it was obvious that I was not your typical eighteen-year-old carrying a sheaf of spiral notebooks and fresh set of pens on her…

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HOW TO USE CREATIVITY TO MAKE YOURSELF HAPPY

How to Use Creativity to Make Yourself Happy[nextpage title=”Page 1″ ] As the school year is upon us, crafty tutorials, creative lesson plans, and learning-centered art projects are floating around the internet, in parenting magazines, printable worksheets and children’s toy stores. Everyone’s looking for a way to make learning fun for their kids. If you’re not a parent, teacher or kid who’s…

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WHY A KID INSULTING MY ART WAS MY GREATEST INSPIRATION

Why a Kid Insulting My Art Was My Greatest Inspiration[nextpage title=”Page 1″ ] I call myself an artist because I like making art. For me, it doesn’t matter where I’ve shown my art, what “techniques” I’m using, or who I’m selling it to. Art is my life force brought to fruition in a way that others can see and hopefully spot their own life…

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27 SURGERIES, 27 LESSONS IN POSITIVE THINKING: WHAT LIFE TAUGHT ME ON MY WAY TO HEALING

27 Surgeries, 27 Lessons in Positive Thinking: What Life Taught Me On My Way To Healing[nextpage title=”Page 1″ ] It’s been quite a full year for me. I’m two years closer to being a 30-something, I just married the love of my life, I’m half-way through my college career, and I’ve officially closed the door on a decade of medical hurdles. Called both a “surgical disaster” and a “medical miracle,”…

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HEALING FROM NUMBNESS: A POST-SEXUAL ASSAULT PIECE

Healing From Numbness: A Post-Sexual Assault Piece  [nextpage title=”Page 1″ ] “Healing” has meant different things to me at various points in my life.  As a child, healing took forever when I skinned my knee running around outside.  As a teen, healing also meant crying on the phone to a friend when the “guy of my dreams” was taken.  But “healing”…

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THE ART OF LIFE IS IMPROVISATION

The Art of Life is Improvisation[nextpage title=”Page 1″ ] We’ve all encountered things in our lives that have gone in different directions than we had hoped or at least anticipated.  It’s what makes us human – living at the mercy of whatever life throws at us. But that’s the art of life – the improvisation.  That’s where we get to…

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HOW LOSING MY STOMACH MADE ME HUNGRY FOR LIFE

How Losing My Stomach Made Me Hungry for LifeMy name is Amy Oestreicher, and according to doctors, I am a “surgical disaster.” However, at 26, I feel truly blessed. I may not have a stomach, but I sure am hungry for life. It started in 2005 – a week before my senior prom. It was our second night of Passover, and my stomach started…

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