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Transcript: Living Beyond Limits by Amy Purdy at TEDxOrangeCoast

Amy Purdy

Here is the full transcript of Pro snowboarder Amy Purdy’s TEDx Talk: Living Beyond Limits at TEDxOrangeCoast.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

If your life were a book and you were the author, how would you want your story to go? That’s the question that changed my life forever.

Growing up in a hot Last Vegas desert, all I wanted was to be free. I would daydream about travelling the world, living in a place where it snowed and I would picture all of the stories that I would go on to tell.

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. That is until my life took a detour.

I went home from work early one day with what I thought was the flu and less than 24 hours later I was in a hospital on life support, with less than a 2% chance of living. It wasn’t until days later as I lay in a coma that the doctors diagnosed me with bacterial meningitis, a vaccine-preventable blood infection.

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