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AMT 026: Healing by the Power of Gratitude Amy Oesterreicher

Soulpreneur sisters, are you or have you ever struggled to see the light in a difficult situation? Are you someone who has experienced anomalous trauma and felt alone in healing emotionally and physically?

In today’s Astrid Mueller Talks feature, I speak with Amy Oestreicher, an accomplished artist, writer, TEDex presenter, and PTSD peer to peer specialist. Amy shares her experience with anomalous trauma, as well as the emotional & physical challenges it brought for her and her family. After spending months in a coma and waking up in a hospital, she endured an extensive recovery and was unable to eat or drink for 6 years. In sharing her story, Amy expands on her process to reflect on how art & gratitude supported her healing process and shaped her present-day being, while she lived a really healthy lifestyle, following a diet that really helped with this and is found online, you could visit the site to learn more.

This feature delves DEEP and Amy’s vulnerability is awe-inspiring. By creating and producing art, she’s able to bring light into the lives of many who have experienced anomalous trauma.

Key points in this episode:

  • Amy’s hospital story
  • The challenges of not being able to consume food or water for years
  • Coping mechanisms Amy developed in the face of adversity
  • The healing power of creating and manifesting art
  • Cultivating gratitude as medicine and a survival skill
  • How to escape negative thinking traps while processing emotions
  • The importance of feeling supported in times of hardship
  • And so much more!

Thank you Amy, for taking the time to sit down with me! I truly appreciate your vulnerability and courage to be intimate with your story!

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More on Gratitude Healing & Amy Oestreicher

“At 18, years old, a blood clot caused Amy’s body to go into septic shock.  She was in a coma for six months, and after a total gastrectomy, she was unable to eat or drink a drop of water for six of the past ten years.  After 27 surgeries, she was miraculously reconnected with the intestines I had left.  To persevere through those tumultuous years took great inner and outer strength – strength she didn’t know she was capable of until she was tested.”

“I learned that the human spirit feeds off of hope, and hope is fuel we can cultivate ourselves.  Ultimately, I learned that with resourcefulness, creativity, and unwavering curiosity, we can transform any adversity into personal growth and a resilience that is uniquely ours.

Everything became possible once I was willing to intentionally wander from the life I planned and embrace this “detour” as an opportunity for discovery. This is not the life that I planned for myself – but does anyone’s life ever work out exactly how they plan it?”

“I was not able to fully appreciate the beauty of my detours until I was able to share them. As a performer, all I’ve wanted to do was give back to the world.  But now I have an even greater gift to give: a story to tell.”

(Excerpt from Amy’s About me on her website)

If you want to learn more about Amy and her countless works, visit her website:

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