My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey From Gutless to Grateful

What happens when an ordinary teenager has to turn into a warrior to survive? Amy Oestreicher had ambitious plans for college and a Broadway career, until her stomach exploded the week before her senior prom. Months later, she awoke from a coma to learn that she might never be able to eat or drink again. A heroic adventure through trauma, and discovery of cultivating resilience through creativity. More
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About Amy Oestreicher

Amy Oestreicher is an Audie Award-nominated author, writer for The Huffington Post, speaker for TEDx and RAINN, health advocate, award-winning actress, mixed media artist, songwriter and playwright. As a survivor and “thriver” of multiple traumas, Amy eagerly shares the gifts of life’s “beautiful detours” and the tremendous gifts that can be reaped from adversity. She has toured “Gutless & Grateful,” her original one-woman musical autobiography, since its NYC debut in 2012, to conferences, theatres, colleges, and organizations nationwide, winning seven national awards. Amy has headlined international conferences on leadership, entrepreneurship, women’s rights, mental health, disability, creativity, and domestic violence prevention. She is a SheSource Expert, a “Top Mental Health” writer for Medium, and a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 notable online and print publications, and and her story has appeared on NBC’s TODAY, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, Washington Post, Good Housekeeping, MSNBC, among others.

Amy has delivered three TEDx talks on transforming trauma to Creative Growth, As a playwright, recent works include "More Than Ever Now," inspired by oral histories transcribed from three generations of survivors, and the multimedia musical, "Passageways: Songs of Connection, Abnormal & Sublime."

To celebrate her own “beautiful detour”, Amy created the #LoveMyDetour campaign, to help others cope in the face of unexpected events. Her passion for inclusion, equity and amplifying marginalized voices has earned her various honors, including a scholarship from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor Professionals, the first annual SHERocks HERstory National Performing Artist Honoree, a United Way Community Helper award, and a National Sexual Education Grant honor. To creatively engage student advocacy efforts, Amy developed a trauma-informed program combining mental health education, sexual assault prevention, and Broadway Theatre for college campuses, organizations and conferences. She has designed a creative curriculum for “Detourist Resiliency,” an outreach program taken to schools, hospitals, and at-risk youth. As a PTSD Specialist and multidisciplinary teaching artist, Amy is committed to honoring the arts as an integral part of education, self-empowerment and community.
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News Interview (ABC) Author turns her trauma into inspiration with book ‘My Beautiful Detour’
Author turns her trauma into inspiration with book ‘My Beautiful Detour’ Watch an interview with the author on the importance of gratitude as a survival skill through trauma in her exclusive interview for WTNH-8 (ABC) news. Learn more about Amy's book "My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful" at

TEDx Talk: Follow Your Road, Find Your Flower
In Amy's first TEDx Talk, she shares how we can all find the flowers on our unexpected detours. View Amy's three TEDx Talks at

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