I'm Not Average: Amy O.
Short Gut, PTSD
"I felt like I had a mission to share my story with the world. A message that with hope, strength, and little creativity, anything is possible." Amy O. turned what could have been a tragedy into a triumphant tale of survival -- and a comedic, yet poignant musical. #ImNotAverage
I may not have a stomach, but I
am hungry for life.
According to doctors, I am a
“surgical disaster.” A week before my senior prom, my stomach started to hurt.
My dad took me to the Emergency Room for an x-ray, and on the way to the
hospital, I collapsed. I slipped into a coma and didn't wake until months
While I was unconscious, my
lungs collapsed and my stomach burst during a surgical procedure. I went into
sepsis and was read my last rites. Through my doctors' dedicated work and
expert medical treatment, I survived instead.
A few months later, I was
discharged from the hospital, and I was soon starring in a local musical -
tubes, bags, and all. Since then, I've painted, produced a musical called
"Gutless and Grateful: A Musical Feast," and enrolled in college. I'm
hungry for life.