Don’t miss this special—and slightly longer—episode of Bulletproof Radio. My guest has defied incredible odds throughout her life to accomplish some extraordinary things.
Amy Purdy follows a road of her own making—as a motivational speaker, a New York Times best-selling author, a model, dancer and actress—and also the most decorated American Paralympic snowboarder in history.
She toured the United States with Oprah Winfrey, speaking to stadiums of people about her life: losing both legs at 19. By sharing her incredible story, she taught others about resilience and inspired them to follow their dreams.
Her life took another turn in 2019—this time a severe health setback. We’re going to talk about what happened and how she hacked her body and mind through her recovery.
When it comes to excruciating pain, adversity, and continually moving forward, Amy has worked through it all with strength and grace.
- Perseverance: “Even when I survived, I think, it made me have to really dig deep and figure out, okay, there’s certain things I can change, there’s certain things I can’t, so I decided to really focus on the things that I could change, I decided to focus on what I could do.”
- Hope: “I still wanted to live a great life. I was still me, I very much so still felt like me. I’m the same person, the same drive, the same aspirations. I wanted to travel, I wanted to snowboard all over the world. I still wanted to do all of that. I just now had to figure out how, and I had to get creative to find a way.”
- Positivity: “It didn’t feel good to have people feel sorry for me. And so I knew that I didn’t want to feel sorry for myself. I thought ‘that’s a bad spot to be in.’ ”
- Mindset: “One major thing that I did was I got really good at compartmentalizing because I was dealing with losing my legs, losing my kidney function and needing a kidney transplant and then losing part of my hearing as well, all at the same time.”
- Focus: “When I think of all my accomplishments, the things that I’ve done in my life, I get very hyper-focused. I kind of shut everything else away and just focus on what needs to be taken care of.”
- Healing: “I started this whole new journey that I’m on of fighting to get back. … I realize the doctors have done what they can. Now it’s up to my body to do the rest and how can I support my body to not just heal but literally do more than that, right? Like grow new connections, create new pathways.”
Follow Along with the Transcript
Book: On My Own Two Feet: From Losing My Legs to Learning the Dance of Life
Adaptive Action Sports: http://adacs.org
- Amy’s story – 5:56
- Compartmentalize – Mind hacking – 13:40
- I’m going to, first of all, never feel sorry for myself – 18:38
- Focus on being grateful for what I had – 30:00
- Being a massage therapist. It was like meditation for me – 32:48
- Blood clot in Amy’s leg threatens her life – 43:55
- Nothing. Nothing worked. I was on every painkiller. – 55:09
- Started doing the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. After a month of doing that, I realized I had no anxiety. 01:01:22
- Dave’s List for Amy 01:05:15
- Shockwave therapy
- VIP(Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide) Nasal Spray
- Intermittent hypoxic therapy
- Light therapy with amber lights
- Ozone bagging
- BPC 157
- Peptides, exosomes
- Multi wave form electrical stimulation
- Nicotine – oral nicotine, not smoking, not vaping
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