Amy Oestreicher

Patient Leader

Nominations

Best in Show: Blog Best in Show: Facebook Health Activist Hero Best in Show: Twitter Best Kept Secret

My journey inspired me to address stigma surrounding mental illness, sexual assault, and PTSD through blogging, social media, and a weekly "why not wednesday" feature on my site, where every week, a Detourist writes about how any detour in their life has shaped who they are -the topic of my TEDx talk, breaking down barriers, healing thru compassion  — Amy

Facebook was invented during my coma. Waking up to a new world, I had no idea there were so many people that were going through similar struggles. Blogging opened up my world and made me feel vital, connected and alive.I could reach out to others for support, and I could even share my own reflections. Blogging became my way of reclaiming my voice!  — Amy

I started #LoveMyDetour to help others thrive because of and not in spite of difficulties. Posting daily content to help Detourists appreciate the "flowers" on their unexpected path. "Fearless Ostomates" was created to help eliminate stigma in the ostomy community, encouraging others to fearlessly embrace their bodies. My posts prompt creativity!  — Amy

I find inspiration everywhere. I love quotes that can bring out the issues we all think about. I use twitter to bring together the dynamic communities of the arts, mental health, academia, entertainment, pop culture and physical health with universal causes we are all enthusiastic about exploring. Twitter is a wonderful means of introducing ideas!  — Amy

Amy Oestreicher

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