Pulse December 2015 - Page 38

TUESDAY’S GENERAL SESSION TAKEAWAYS Amy Purdy Declare Your Intention B Y M A E M A Ñ AC A P - J O H N S O N or Amy Purdy, speaking at the 2015 ISPA Conference & Expo General Session feels like coming full circle. Before she lost both of her legs to meningococcal meningitis, she worked as a 19-year-old massage therapist and esthetician at the Canyon Ranch. “I used to [come] to this Conference, but now I’m on stage—it’s amazing how life goes!” she says. As the first-ever double-amputee bronze medal winner in snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Games, Purdy tells an amazing story of courage and resilience. “Every chal