August 07, 2020
Amy Purdy has been happily married to longtime boyfriend Daniel Gale for five years, and she revealed the secret to keeping the romance alive.
When she was 19, Amy Purdy contracted bacterial meningitis, and the outcome of her illness would transform her life. Meningitis caused tissue damage and destroyed her kidneys, and doctors had to amputate both her legs and transplant a kidney to save her life.
But Purdy was undaunted and became a Paralympic athlete, a model, an actress, a fashion designer, and an author, all with incredible success. Five years ago, she became a wife and added yet another accomplishment to her skillset: loving wife.
As the recipient of a kidney transplant, Purdy's life would be at risk if she contracts the COVID-19 virus.
AMY PURDY'S SOULMATE
Purdy and Gale, both athletes, met 17 years ago, and have been together ever since. Their marriage in 2015 was simply a public confirmation of a private truth: they belong together forever. The couple share a love of adventure and sport, and a dedication to nurturing Paralympic athletes.
The two founded Adaptive Action Sports in 2005, to coach athletes with physical disabilities, and help them achieve their goals. Purdy herself is a Paralympic medalist with two medals under her belt: silver won in 2014 and bronze in 2018.
AMY PURDY'S ANGEL
Purdy recently confronted a health crisis that threatened one of her legs, after a blood clot blocked one of her arteries -- which might have led to tissue necrosis -- and forced doctors to perform yet another amputation. Surgery saved her leg, and Purdy wrote on Instagram:
"I don’t know where I would be without this man by my side. We had 17 solid years of tip-top health, adventures [...] this journey has made us stronger and closer than ever before. I am so grateful❤️."
The couple is inseparable, traveling together to coach Paralympic athletes, and Gale accompanies Purdy on her tours as a motivational speaker. Purdy revealed:
"Without a doubt my husband has been one of the greatest angels of my life."
MAKING IT ALL WORK
Purdy reveals that Gale's unconditional support is what makes their marriage work. Neither is put in the position of having to sacrifice the family for work or work for the family. She said:
“He goes everywhere with me internationally and that way we just get to share the full experience together."
But it hasn't always been easy. Purdy admits that at one stage, she was so focused on training that she isolated herself from her family and her then-boyfriend, Gale.
Fortunately, the Paralympian has found an equilibrium, something her relationship with Gale has helped her develop.
Purdy, who was asked to run with the Tokyo 2020 Olympic torch before the event was postponed, has become an inspiration to men and women all over the world who have physical disabilities.
It's all thanks to the incredible determination she showed when faced with circumstances that might have conditioned and limited her life.
AN AMAZING TEAM
The double-amputee and her husband participated in the grueling "The Amazing Race," and Purdy was one of the contestants on "Dancing With The Stars," where the judges attributed her with some of the highest scores ever on the program.
COVID-19 AND AMY PURDY
As the recipient of a kidney transplant, Purdy's life would be at risk if she contracts the COVID-19 virus. Gale had been traveling in Europe in March, and on his return, was quarantined away from Purdy for 16 days, until he was cleared of possible contagion by the virus.
The couple has no children as yet, but have a gorgeous golden retriever in their lives named Huckleberry. Purdy has confessed that having children is not something she and Gale are contemplating at the moment.
There are, of course, dangers. Pregnancy might place a strain on Purdy's already fragile circulatory system and her kidney. Still, the Paralympian revealed that, above all, she and her husband consider Adaptive Action Sports their "baby."