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Inspirational TEDx Speaker Discusses Memoir of Resilience, Creativity and Survival at Mercy College

March 3, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


TEDx Speaker, HuffPost Columnist and Audie-Award Nominated Author Discusses PTSD and Resilience at Mercy College
Free and open to the general public on March 3rd, 2-3pm.

The inspirational survivor comes to campus to as part of Mercy College’s Student Success Series

On Tuesday March 3rd, from 2 to 3pm, the ACCESSibility, Health & Wellness, and School of Social and Behavioral Sciences departments will be bringing PTSD survivor and disability advocate Amy Oestreicher to Mercy College’s Dobbs Ferry campus.

Having been affected by both visible and invisible disabilities, Amy is committed to providing hope, help and wellness resources for students to develop leadership skills, and create inclusive campus communities which empower students.

As a survivor—and ‘thriver’—of sexual abuse, 28 surgeries, coma, organ failure, six years unable to eat or drink, and the PTSD that comes from a decade of trauma, starting from her senior year of high school, Amy discovered sources of resilience she didn’t know she had but it turns out we all possess.

In her recently published memoir, “My Beautiful Detour: An Unthinkable Journey from Gutless to Grateful,” she shares the story of her beautiful detour, empowering others to find gratitude in every setback and discover their own infinite inner strength. Amy’s journey is ultimately a celebration of ordinary and extraordinary challenges and miracles.

Doctors called Amy a “surgical disaster,” but after twenty-eight operations and seven years without a drop of liquid or morsel of food, Amy’s digestive system was miraculously reconstructed and she began healing from her visible and invisible traumas. Amy will share hard-won insight on the restorative power of creativity to forge a roadmap where none existed.

Oestreicher is a PTSD specialist, mixed media artist, Audie Award-nominated author, global speaker for RAINN, award-winning actress, and playwright. As a survivor and “thriver” of multiple traumas including nearly 30 surgeries and assault, Amy eagerly shares the gifts of life’s “beautiful detours” in her educational programming, writing, mixed media art, performance and inspirational speaking. Amy has toured her autobiographical musical, Gutless & Grateful, to over 200 venues since 2012 as a mental health and sexual assault education program for colleges, conferences and organizations. She’s a NSVRC representative, member of the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military, and in-demand speaker on topics relating to mental health, sexual abuse, resilience, PTSD and women’s issues. Her full-length plays, which explore the impact on trauma on communities and transgenerational trauma, have been presented across the country, and her story been featured on CBS, NBC and at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. She is a SheSource Expert, a top writer for Medium and Huffington Post, and a regular lifestyle, wellness, and arts contributor for over 70 notable online and print publications. She is founder of LoveMyDetour, a movement inspiring others to thrive not in spite of, but because of obstacles.

Learn more at www.amyoes.com, and watch Amy’s three TEDx Talks at https://www.amyoes.com/tedx

Open to the Mercy College community and to the general public. Book signing to follow.

Amy Oestreicher, PTSD Specialist: My Beautiful Detour

March 3, 2020

2:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall, Main Hall
Dobbs Ferry Campus


March 3, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Mercy Colllege
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Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry Campus
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Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 United States
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