On My Own Two Feet

On My Own Two Feet

From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life

Book - 2014
Average Rating:
3
2
Rate this:
Baker & Taylor
Purdy inspired a nation on Dancing with the Stars. Here she reveals the intimate details of her triumphant comeback from the brink of death to making history as a Paralympic snowboarder. At nineteen she contracted bacterial meningitis and was given less than a two percent chance of survival.Her 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.

HARPERCOLL

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 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.

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 U.S. Paralympic team in adaptive snowboarding. She then became a contestant on season eighteen 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.



Baker
& Taylor

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.
The popular "Dancing with the Stars" contestant describes how a spiritual experience after losing both of her legs to bacterial meningitis at the age of nineteen drove her to become a medal-winning Paralympic athlete.
The woman who, despite losing both of her legs to bacterial meningitis at the age of 19, went on to win the Bronze Medal for snowboarding in the Paralympic Games and to compete in Dancing With the Stars shares her amazing life story. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2014
ISBN: 9780062379092
Branch Call Number: 796.939 PUR
Characteristics: viii, 248 p., [16] p. of plates :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Burford, Michelle

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

AL_JANETH Feb 01, 2017

Amy is an amazing women with determination and courage. Her autobiography is inspiring to never give up and if you have faith and believe in yourself anything is possible.

s
sayanghosh
Jul 01, 2016

I heard about Amy through her organization Adaptive Action Sports. When I saw the known name in library rack and its about her own story, I could not resist reading it out of interest how she could manage but about the iron (footed!) lady- its just said about her struggle or her passions. I don't want to say her autobiography is inspirational- its more than that. Its motivating, its something which we don't encounter everyday but whenever you face, you know how to overcome. Its just like the phrase 'Phoenix from the ashes'. A must read for everybody.

LaughingOne Mar 18, 2015

I first heard about Amy Purdy when she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. When I saw she had a biography out, I put it on hold. I'm really glad I did. This book tells about her life before her illness and then about her hospitalization, removal of her legs, recovery, needing a kidney transplant, more recovery. And moving on. Amy had tough decisions to make, she made them, and she grew and became an amazing woman, showing great resiliency and courage. Her biography is inspirational; she has such at attitude of gratitude that I believe I can also have more gratitude for the hard things in my own life. This is definitely worth the read.

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

s
sayanghosh
Jul 01, 2016

sayanghosh thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

b
black_panda_722
Apr 10, 2016

black_panda_722 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at FVRL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top