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Former TV Anchor Amy Ofenbeck Faces Setbacks and Victories in Days after Ruptured Aneurysm

How the Fort Myers woman makes peace with a very different kind of life.

On the days she exercises, Amy Ofenbeck will make her way out to the boat garage that she and her husband have converted into a home gym. As the light streams in from the windows, she’ll step on the treadmill and slowly start to walk, a limp noticeable. The doctors told her to work on her form, so she’ll set the pace only to 1.7 mph. After 13 minutes she’ll move to the recumbent bike and pedal for another 10 minutes. She’ll repeat the routine three times. By the end, she’ll be breathing hard but feeling fulfilled. She always loved working out. The routine is different now. But the challenge is still there.    She was coming into the prime of her life—a newlywed with a rising career in television news. Then, everything changed. An aneurysm had ruptured in the brain of Amy Ofenbeck. She was in a position many others face after surviving such a debilitating health setback. Everything is seemingly different. How to respond? Not just on the day after the surgery to save your life. But on the day of your eighth surgery. Or the day you realize you can no longer do the job you love. Or the day you realize you have to do something about the terrible thoughts that poison your mind. Amy Ofenbeck outside her Fort Myers home. (Photography by Michelle Tricca.) Brain Matters: A True Story of Survival is about how she responded. She went from being on-air talent at ABC7 in Fort Myers to barely being able to wa
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