It’s International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than by honouring Amy Purdy as our #IntrinsicallyInspired post for the month. Amy Purdy is one of the most inspirational women out there. At only 19 years of age, she contracted a form of bacterial meningitis that led to her losing her legs, both kidneys and her spleen to septic shock. She was given only a 2% chance of living. But after a kidney transplant from her father, and 7 months of practice in her prosthetic limbs, she went and hit the slopes and began snowboarding competitions.
She became one of the most successful paralympic athletes of all time and has since gone on to form her own charitable organisations. works as a motivational speaker, and has appeared as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars.
Ultimately what inspires us most here at Intrinsic Energy is her willingness to make the most of her situation, regardless of the obstacles she faced. At 19, she could have given up. She could have allowed herself to be overwhelmed at the loss of the future she had imagined. Instead, she saw the new opportunities she had been given and decided to make the most of it. If you haven’t watch her Ted Talk it is a total must see, but we will leave you with one of her other quotes: “If Life were a book, and you were the author, how would you want your story to go?”
We hope Amy’s story will #IntrinsicallyInspire you to move forward with your day taking on any challenges with optimism!