Photo Credit Maya Owens Perpetual You
“I shouldn’t be alive.”
Amy Oestreicher was college-bound with ambitious sights on Broadway when, the week before her senior prom, excruciating stomach pain sent her to the hospital. Moments after arriving, a blood clot caused her stomach to explode, and she nearly died in the emergency room. Waking from a coma months later, attached to machines and covered in tubes and drains, she was told she might never eat or drink again. As she regained consciousness, Amy finally came to terms with the long-stifled secret of her sexual abuse by a trusted teacher and its devastating impact on her emotional and physical health.
Doctors called Amy a “surgical disaster,” but after twenty-eight operations and seven years without a drop of liquid or morsel of food, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and she began healing from her visible and invisible traumas. My Beautiful Detour leads readers through Amy’s unthinkable journey while sharing her hard-won insight on the restorative power of creativity to forge a roadmap where none existed.
As a survivor—and ‘thriver’—of abuse and extensive medical trauma, Amy discovered sources of resilience she didn’t know she had but it turns out we all possess. In this book, she shares the story of her beautiful detour, empowering others to find gratitude in every setback and discover their own infinite inner strength. Amy’s journey is ultimately a celebration of ordinary and extraordinary challenges and miracles.
“Amy’s extraordinary life and work reveal the power of art to transform. Her survival journey, unveiled in My Beautiful Detour, is more than inspiring; it is a celebration. Against all odds, Amy finds—and creates—the magical out of the impossible.” — Amanda Gronich, co-creator, The Laramie Project
“Thank you, Amy, for this book and teaching us all that when we live in and from gratitude for EVERYTHING life hands us, ANYTHING is possible.” —David Friedman, Broadway Composer, author of The Thought Exchange
“Amy Oestreicher is truly a ‘life lover’.” As courageous and feisty as they come, this woman has lived gracefully through things that would crumble most of us. She has turned her trauma into her gift and now shares her memoir with the world, so her healing process can carry forward, reminding others that anything is possible, no matter what our challenges.” —Sheri Gaynor, LCSW, Creative Awakenings International
“Amy’s book is a gift—a fantastic reminder and an inspirational guide that shows us that painful detours happen in life, and it’s up to us to choose to find the beauty in the struggle.” – Joshua Rivedal, author, international speaker The i’Mpossible Project
“What Amy shares through her embrace of her vulnerability is a treasure for all of us. Crisis truly does manifest as opportunity!” – Mel Schwartz, Psychotherapist and author of The Possibility Principle
My Beautiful Detour leads readers in and out of Amy’s journey while sharing insights picked up along the way to finding a path throughout years of uncertainty through the power of creativity.Learn how to live life without a roadmap!
Stay tuned for more exciting publications from Singing Tree Publishing.
Available for Pre-order Now!
$24.99 (+ $4.99 S&H)
**Books will ship Sept. 2019. US ONLY**
In the meantime…
Two of my works are now available on Amazon – New World Theatre’s Solitary Voice: A Collection of Epic Monologues:
As well as Nevertheless She Persisted, which was nominated for an Audie Award: