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Ep. 14: Author / Keynote Speaker Amberly Lago

June 5, 2019

(Originally released on 10.23.18. See for complete show notes & photos)

Amberly Lago is the author of True Grit and Grace where she shares her true story of how her life was forever altered by a devastating motorcycle accident and the victory she discovered through her recovery. She inspires all to thrive and delivers hope to others who suffer from chronic pain.

As a personal trainer, wife, and mother, Amberly was living the California dream until it turned into a nightmare in May 2010. As she rode her Harley down Ventura Boulevard that breezy, sunny day, Amberly was hit by an SUV, throwing her thirty feet down a busy street and shattering her right leg. Months in the hospital and 34 surgeries, along with plates, pins, and sheer will eventually spared her leg and severed femoral artery, despite the initial recommendation to amputate. However, as a sexual abuse and divorce survivor, Amberly was determined to save not only her leg, but her career, her dreams, and her dignity.

Amberly was diagnosed with a nerve disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as RSD) and deals with chronic pain daily. This chronic pain has led her to develop positive, healthy ways of coping with pain and all the emotions that come along with it, and pass it on to others in any kind of pain.

This life altering experience inspires Amberly to communicate how you can turn tragedy into triumph. She demonstrates how you can hit rock bottom and still find the strength to get back up. She instills hope to keep moving forward by sharing different tools and strategies that have worked for her.

“Everything we go through in life, prepares you for your destiny.” – Amberly Lago

NOTE: Since our interview, Amberly has fulfilled her dream of being on a live TedTalk. See her video here.


  • Growing up in Texas
  • Getting involved in sports and dance
  • Lessons from a tough track coach
  • Dreaming of dancing in L.A.
  • Welcome to L.A. !
  • “Can’t Touch This”
  • The move to being a personal trainer
  • The accident
  • Life in the hospital
  • Dr. Wiss and hope
  • Life lessons for her youngest daughter
  • Inspiring the world one person at a time
  • Determination
  • Depression
  • Favorite type of dance
  • A TED Talk and a future book

Learn more about Amberly on her website

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