Amy Purdy shared with KTLA’s Sam Rubin her tragic story that ended with an inspiring outcome.

Purdy was 19 years old when she contracted what she thought was the flu, but turned out to be meningococcal meningitis. She was given less than a 2% chance to live.

“I fought for my life,” she said.

Purdy had to undergo multiple surgeries.

“My life changed forever,” said Purdy. “I was a passionate snowboarder and my goal was to try to snowboard again, and I went on this mission to figure it out and I’m grateful that it took me to amazing places, but it was quite a journey to get there.”

You really don’t know how strong you are until you have to be, Purdy said, adding that she focused on the good in her life and being grateful that she was alive.

Now she is back on the snowboard, has been on “Dancing with the Stars” and is an author. Now, she wants to inspire others by promoting and speaking out about mental health.

“We work out every day for our body and for our physical health, and we have to do the same for our mental health,” she explained.

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This segment aired on the KTLA 5 Morning News on Oct. 6, 2022.