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Title:
On my own two feet: from losing my legs to learning the dance of life
Author:
Purdy, Amy, author.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]

©2014.
Physical Description:
248 pages, 16 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
Summary:
Dancing With the Stars sensation Amy Purdy reveals the story of how losing her legs led her to find a spiritual path. When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience, she saw three figures who told her: "You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end." In that moment, Amy chose to live.
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English
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ISBN:
9780062379092
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Book

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Oprah Winfrey calls Amy Purdy her inspiration. Now, read Amy's story in her own words and prepare to be inspired . . .

America fell in love with Amy Purdy as the incredible girl with bionic legs who managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the season 18 finale of Dancing with the Stars with her partner, Derek Hough. But viewers were only given a glimpse into her past and how she managed to get there. Now, for the first time, Amy reveals the powerful, moving story of her personal spiritual awakening as a result of a sudden and often fatal blood infection that caused her to lose both of her legs.

When the Las Vegas native was just nineteen, she contracted the deadly bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. In a near-death experience that Amy has never talked about until now, she saw three beings who told her: "You can come with us, or you can stay. No matter what happens in your life, it's all going to make sense in the end." As she hovered between life and death, Amy knew she had to make a choice. And in that moment, she chose life.

In On My Own Two Feet , Amy takes readers inside her childhood and up to the defining life or death moment. Despite the grim prognosis, she was determined to not just beat the odds and walk again but to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality--and share that spirit with the world. Amy seized her second chance at life and earned a bronze medal in adaptive snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Games. Her life is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to defy expectations and rewrite our stories. Amy's poignant, uplifting memoir reminds us to live life to the fullest, because we are all much more capable than we could ever imagine.


Author Notes

Amy Purdy is a professional motivational speaker. She is the co- founder of Adaptive Action Sports, a nonprofit organization which helps youth, young adults, and wounded veterans all with physical disabilities get involved with action sports. She is the top-ranked female adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., a three-time World Cup para-snowboard gold medalist, and the 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist. On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life is her first book.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Chapter 1 The Stangerp. 3
Chapter 2 Desert Daydreamsp. 8
Chapter 3 Bonfires and Snowboardsp. 18
Chapter 4 A Different Worldp. 33
Chapter 5 The Edgep. 43
Chapter 6 Awakep. 57
Chapter 7 Ground Shiftp. 64
Chapter 8 Homep. 79
Chapter 9 New Seasonp. 97
Chapter 10 The Giftp. 107
Chapter 11 Connectionp. 123
Chapter 12 Action Planp. 143
Chapter 13 Transitionp. 154
Chapter 14 Horizonsp. 161
Chapter 15 The Racep. 173
Chapter 16 New Rolesp. 181
Chapter 17 Sochip. 196
Chapter 18 Universal Rhythmp. 213
Epilogue: Reflectionsp. 239
Acknowledgmentsp. 245