On My Own Two Feet

From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life
By: Amy Purdy
Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
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Amy Purdy, who inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars and has been called a hero by Oprah Winfrey, reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder.

In this poignant and uplifting memoir, 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 19, she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival. Her glimpse of the afterlife - coupled with a mysterious premonition she'd had a month before - became the defining experiences that put Amy's life on a new trajectory after her legs had to be amputated. She wouldn't just beat meningitis and walk again; she would go on to create a life filled with bold adventures, big dreams, and boundless vitality - and share that spirit with the world. In 2014 Amy - the only competitor, male or female, with two prosthetic legs - claimed a bronze medal for the US Paralympic team in adaptive snowboarding. She then became a contestant on season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, and viewers were captivated as the girl with bionic legs managed to out-dance her competitors all the way to the finale.

Amy's journey is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity we all have to dream bigger, defy expectations, and rewrite our stories. Amy was given a second chance for a reason - to use her life to inspire others. Her powerful memoir urges us to live life to the fullest, because we are all a lot more capable than we could ever imagine.

©2014 Amy Purdy (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Loved this book. Made me tear up several times. Amy told her story in a way that you could almost feel what she was feeling. You could feel how heartbreaking and scary her time in the hospital was, her struggles and uncertainties with herself afterward, and the incredible joy that came with the victories she experienced later on. It ultimately left me feeling inspired and in awe of what we are capable of, which is the point she wanted to get across. Worth the read.

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wonderful

Inspiring book about triumph and overcoming life's obstacles. Easy read with a powerful message. I enjoyed living the story with Amy.

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Awe-inspiring story

Easy read. Tried to put myself in her place and I don't know if I would have had the courage and commitment to carry on with the obstacles she overcame. Amy epitomizes the spirit and "can do" attitude she possesses as she works through her life struggles. Ultimately becoming very successful in everything she set out to do. Feel good story. Thanks for sharing your journey Amy Purdy!

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Amazing!

So uplifting and inspiring. It surely shows with determination nothing can hold back the human spirit.

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True strength and beauty

This book is a testament to the human soul. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to every word of this book. I highly recommend it. You will not be disappointed!

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Loved this book

I was amazed at how she did on dancing with the stars so I was so glad to have the chance to know what lead to dancing with the stars. Amazing person. Highly recommend this book

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amazing and inspirational

I couldn't put this down I had my ear buds in every second I could. I will listen to this book many times bc I have a feeling there is so much I can learn which can only be done by listen again amd again. you will not be unhappy with this purchase. a must read for anyone

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Excellent

This book was very well-written and narrated. it was fast-paced and interesting. I highly recommend it.

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Encouraged

This book is very inspiring. I would encourage all to read it. I love how Amy showed it is up to you to write your own story, even when it seems like you are defeated.

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Love Amy's way

Love how she fought to stay standing dispite all. Shes a true spirit of a fighter someone who no matter what comes her way she will strive to be the best.