Amy Purdy

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You don't have to be positive all the time.
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My legs haven't disabled me. If anything, they've enabled me.
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At the age of 19, the day after I graduated high school, I moved to a place where it snowed, and I became a massage therapist. With this job, all I needed were my hands and my massage table by my side and I could go anywhere. For the first time in my life, I felt free, independent, and completely in control of my life.
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I lost the life that I knew, and I really had to rethink my future and think about my core values and the things that I love, and my passion, and that's really what helped me move forward. Also, for me just being grateful for what I had in my life versus on focusing on what I was losing, that really helped as well.
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The thing with prosthetic feet is you can't have all this crazy motion, or you'd be all over the place - because it's mechanical, and it's outside your body.
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I am not an over-the-top kind of person.
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As humans, we need to reach out for support.
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I feel that losing both my legs was a blessing. It was meant to happen to me: I wouldn't have had the opportunity to touch so many lives in such a positive way.
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I want to live a fulfilling life.
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Yes, there are things that I can't change, but the things I can, I'm going to do everything in my power to work very hard through them and come out stronger on the other side.
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Growing up in the hot Last Vegas desert, all I wanted was to be free. I would daydream about traveling the world, living in a place where it snowed, and I would picture all of the stories that I would go on to tell.
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I've learned that borders are where the actual ends, but also where the imagination and the story begins.
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There are plenty of people who have legs who are way more disabled than me.
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I was 19 years old, and I felt like I had the flu one day. Within 24 hours, I was in the hospital on life support, and I was given less than a 2 percent chance of living. It took five days for the doctors to find out that I had contracted bacterial meningitis.
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Of course, there are benefits to having prosthetics. I can make myself as tall as I want. I can wear flip-flops in the snow if I wanted to. There's benefits.
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I have a very good sense of my body and where it's at. Although I don't feel the ground in the same way that somebody else would, I'm very aware... I can feel pressure, and I know exactly where my toes are and exactly where my heel is.
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My dad gave me one of his kidneys.
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Every day that I am healthy, I want to use that day to its fullest now.
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It's when I compare myself to what other people are able to do that I run into trouble. It is a bummer. I just constantly try to put things into perspective.
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In my dreams, whatever I am doing, I look down to see if I have prosthetics. It sets my time frame in my dream, I think. I'd have these dreams that I am running and launching myself, and I look down and see that I have prosthetics. I have a lot of those, where I do great, amazing things with my prosthetics.
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I can't really say I miss my toes.
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I want to go to dinner with Oprah! Who doesn't?
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Just the thought of being on Oprah's radar at all is humbling, but to actually have her take time get on the phone with me kind of blows my mind.
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Oprah has been a true inspiration to me, so I'm truly grateful both to her for taking the time to speak with me, and to the folks at 'DWTS' who set it all up.
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I believe inspiration is contagious.
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My motivation is not to try to inspire, but rather to do things that inspire me and hopefully that will spread to others.
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I'm not trying to be an inspiration, but I'm flattered to be considered one.
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In snowboarding, I've always looked at really strong competitors through a lens of gratitude rather than envy in the sense that the better my competition is, the more it forces me to work hard, focus, and be better myself if I want to succeed, which I do.
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Dancing is about expressing yourself, and the more walls you let down, the better.
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I simply do the things that inspire me, be that snowboarding, designing clothing, or dancing.
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As for how do I respond to those who want to throw stones, well, I don't.
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I'm so comfortable on my snowboard that I don't have to think about it very much; it's somewhat second nature.
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I knew I loved dancing with my friends.
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I knew I loved music, and I knew that I could feel music. So, I knew I had rhythm.
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If somebody would've told me that I was going to lose my legs at the age of 19, I would've thought there's absolutely no way I'd be able to handle that. But then it happened, and I realized that there's so much more to live for, that my life isn't about my legs.
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I tried snowboarding at 14, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I snowboarded every day off I had, every weekend I had off of school, every holiday we had off from school, and it became a huge part of my life, not just what I love to do, but really just kind of who I was.
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I lost my spleen, I lost the hearing in my left ear, so I had a lot of internal organ damage.
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Pfizer's actually teamed up with my nonprofit organization, which is called Adaptive Action Sports. I cofounded this organization in 2005 to help people with physical disabilities get involved in action sports, go snowboarding, skateboarding.
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The way I look at it is, we all have disabilities.
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We all have things that limit us and that challenge us. But really, our real limitations are the ones we believe.
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I'm very grateful that I've had the opportunities I've had.
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I always say snowboarding saved my life. It gave me a reason to focus on the future; it gave me something to be passionate about.
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Since losing my legs, I've found out that I am able to help other people by sharing how I've overcome my obstacles.
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I didn't think about money or cars or anything like that.
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When disease took my legs, I eventually realized I didn't need them to lead a full, empowering life.
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After I lost my legs, all I wanted to do was snowboard again. I remember spending an entire year on the computer, looking for 'adaptive snowboarders' or 'snowboard legs' or 'adaptive snowboard schools' or just something that I could connect to. I already knew how to snowboard - I just needed to find the right legs.
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I kind of had to figure stuff out on my own and get myself snowboarding competitively again. I went through all types of different legs to try to learn which were going to work for me. Luckily, I was able to figure it out.
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I think the designs and creativity are limitless with 3-D-printed clothing.
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Instead of looking at our challenges and limitations as something negative or bad, we can begin to look at them as blessings, magnificent gifts that can be used to ignite our imaginations and help us go further than we ever knew we could go.
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