- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (December 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062379097
- ISBN-13: 978-0062379092
- Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 6.2 x 9.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 227 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #562,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life Hardcover – December 30, 2014
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From the Back Cover
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.
About the Author
Amy Purdy is the top-ranked female adaptive snowboarder in the U.S., a three-time World Cup para-snowboard gold medalist, the 2014 Paralympic bronze medalist, the founder of Adaptive Action Sports, and a New York Times bestselling author. She is a professional motivational speaker who has been featured at both TEDx and Pop Tech, and is also an actress, model, dancer, clothing designer, and an experienced product spokesperson.
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Miss Purdy's book is not a glossy magazine blurb about how perfect her life has been. Instead, she bravely and humbly detailed her dark times and doubts, and it was really helpful to read.
It is not uncommon that we only see "the final cut" of someone's success story, which is unfortunate, because much can be learned from what was left on the cutting room floor.
Amy's story does not crop out detours. Not only do we learn of dreams fulfilled more than she could have imagined, but we also see some laid aside, delayed, or swapped for new ones. This is valuable because it is true of life: it isn't always certain why we must move on or let go, and it isn't always certain what we should dedicate our focus toward. Amy lets us see her making moves in uncertainty. That is a big part of bouncing back.
Most helpful, I feel, was her awareness of how she was able to recover hope after setbacks. How does a person keep moving when meeting one roadblock after another? That's where Amy's story excels. It is full of specific examples, the wells from which she drew strength. In each of her trials, she cites a special inspiration. From the loving support of her family, encouraging words from strangers, empowering thoughts learned from training, the healing habit of gratitude, the joy of solving a problem, to the thrill of learning something new--Amy shares how each gave her the strength to keep moving.
Miss Purdy's is a courageous narrative of resilience told with unselfish candor. I'm grateful that she shared this story with the world.
Amy's indomitable spirit and lack of self-pity comes through on every page of this memoir. I don't know how many ways there are to say "inspiring" but certainly every other reviewer has already covered this ground. Her missing legs don't define her. She wrote that "obstacles in our lives can only do one of two things: stop us dead in our tracks, or force us to get creative..." She definitely did the latter! She couldn't do anything about the loss of her legs, but she could carry on with her life with passion and creativity and that's what she chose to do.
I had missed her season on DWTS, so went to YouTube to find the videos of her performances, which were incredible. I also watched her brief, emotional TED talk. Amy has learned that "a fulfilling life isn't based on what we have or don't have; it's based on what we give of ourselves". She is a determined, energetic survivor who will continue to give.
And to think that she was told that she would never be able to walk without a cane, if at all. She shows us that if you want something bad enough and are willing to work hard for it that you can attain it.