'Live your life, don't waste it': Oregon woman shares story of healing to inspire others

Photo courtesy Amy Erickson

An Oregon woman is using her story to inspire other people to overcome challenges they face in life.

Amy Erickson, 51, calls herself the “Ultimate Adventurist,” but she's had plenty of setbacks along the way. She says she's survived thyroid cancer, more than two dozen surgeries, two lumbar fusions, concussions, and ten knee surgeries.

Through it all, it's the Oregon outdoors that has brought her peace, healing, and the drive to inspire others.

“Live your life, don't waste it, there are so many people who don't have the opportunity we have, look where we are!” said Erickson. “You are capable of absolutely doing anything, your opportunities are limitless, just get started.”

Some of Erickson's big goals are to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and climb Mount Rainier and Denali.

Before the ultra-athlete tackles those trails and peaks, she has her eyes set on something a little smaller – a tour of South Sister and Broken Top.

She says she wants to show people that they can live a full life, even if it's something as simple as taking a walk outside.

Erickson has set up a account for those who support her journeys.

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