Episode Forty One:

Amberly Lago

Episode Forty One: Amberly Lago

by Amberly Lago | With Your Host - Ricardo


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

Time Line

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


A TED Talk and a future book





Favorite type of dance