Amy Oestreicher


theatre, paint,music, inspiration - celebrating life's beautiful detours & everyday miracles. Exploring the healing power of creativity at &

How To Make Time For Gratitude This Thanksgiving

By Amy Oestreicher
Turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and family dinners. Family (and those relatives we wish weren't family) swapping stories and bonding over football. Complicated seating arrangements as we debate which…

How Keeping A Secret Can Have Life-Altering Repercussions

By Amy Oestreicher
My mother always used to say our secrets made us sick. If I told a little white lie about the latest cafeteria meal, she’d tell me my body was really the one who’d be sorry if I didn’t eat the steamed vegetable trio of carrots, peas and cauliflower…

It's Never Too Late: Why I'm Thrilled To Be Going To College At 28

By Amy Oestreicher
Three years ago, when I was 25 and a newly-enrolled college freshman (yes, you read that right), it was obvious I was not your typical 18-year-old, carrying a sheaf of spiral notebooks and a fresh set of pens for her first day of classes. But I…

Why Fall Reminds Me Of New Beginnings And A Chance To Turn Life Around

By Amy Oestreicher
What is it about fall that brings so many new beginnings to mind? The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, of mulled cider, of brisk autumn air. The earthy color of bark, the excitement of football season (for my husband, at least), and the hot touch…

27 Surgeries: How I Found The Perfect Post-Op Wedding Dress

By Amy Oestreicher
Last month, I officially tied the knot. As I look back on my wedding photos, I just can't believe it's already happened. I can see the joy in my eyes, the love beaming off of my husband's bright red face and my gown that was big enough to cover a…

Positive Thinking 101: 27 Lessons I Learned After Having 27 Surgeries

By Amy Oestreicher
It's been quite a full year for me. I'm two years closer to being a 30-something, I just married the love of my life, I'm half-way through my college career and I've officially closed the door on a decade of medical hurdles. Called both a "surgical…