Gutless & Grateful: How Losing My Stomach Made Me Hungry For Life



Start Time: 

2:30 PM

End Time: 

4:15 PM

Based in part on Amy’s personal experience surviving ten years of medical interventions, 27 surgeries, a coma, sexual abuse gastrectomy and PTSD, Amy lends the patient perspective with an empowered approach to mental health in Gutless & Grateful. Amy will share her near death experience and unique personal story with humor, hunger and heart, highlighting the disappointments, struggles, triumphs, and gratitude in her life on a musical journey of hope, determination, and perseverance. A celebration of life through creativity, passion, and resilience, Amy shares what trauma can teach all of us. Just as suffering is relative, healing is a human right as natural as learning, evolving and changing. Amy will share how passion fueled her success and turned her hunger into an insatiable entrepreneurial drive

Learning Outcomes

Amy will provide insight on: The importance of cultivating a positive mental outlook, reducing stress, fostering relationships, and building creative outlets; the intricate body-mind dependency relationship; Learn visualizations and  stress-reduction techniques that aid the healing process; steps to building a support system; patient as Warrior: Advocate for Yourself; the Person in the Patient: Staying Anchored; and the 4 Levels of Wellness: physical, functional, emotional, and social.

About the Keynote Seminar Leader

Photo: Amy Oestreicher

Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, artist, author, speaker for RAINN, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright, eagerly sharing the lessons learned from trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking. In 2012, she wrote, directed and starred in a one woman musical about her life, Gutless & Grateful, touring theatres across the country for three years, and earning rave reviews and accolades since it’s BroadwayWorld Award-nominated NYC debut. As a visual artist, her art has been featured in esteemed galleries  solo exhibitions, and her mixed media  workshops emphasize creativity as an essential mindset.

Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, a social media campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges. As the Eastern Regional Recipient of the Great Comebacks Award, Amy has spoken to hundreds of WOCN nurses on behalf of ostomates nationwide. Her writings have been featured in Washington Post,On Being and more, and is a regular contributor for numerous publications including Elite Daily, The Mighty, Indie Chicks and Career Girl Daily. Her story has appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, among others. 

Amy's passion for the arts as a means of healing and expression led her to devise storytelling workshops for the Transformative Language Arts Network National Conference, the Eating Recovery Center Foundation, and The League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling. 

Determined to bridge the gap of communication between wellness resources on college campuses and students, Amy is currently touring college campuses with a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and Broadway Theatre.

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