Figure 1 Publishing

General Non-Fiction

The Gift of Perspective

Wisdom I Gained from Losing a Leg and Two Lungs

A corporate executive, wife, and mother reflects on what she lost, what she didn’t see coming, and the power of new vantage points.

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Recipient of a gold Independent Publisher Book Award and a silver Nautilus Award


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“Lindsey Roy proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that joy and happiness are just on the other side of the mountain you are climbing.”

—Katherine Wintsch, CEO of The Mom Complex; author of Slay Like a Mother

Book Description

At age 31, Lindsey Roy was named vice-president at Hallmark Cards — one of the youngest in the company’s more-than-100-year history. Five years later, while on a getaway, a tragic boating accident nearly claimed her life and left her with an amputated left leg and other severe limb injuries. The recovery was brutal, but she stayed relentlessly focused on not just healing, but emerging stronger. She eventually shared what trauma had taught her about happiness in a TEDx talk that has been viewed nearly 180,000 times to date.

Eight years after the accident, another life-altering event: Lindsey was diagnosed with a rare and progressive disease that destroyed the blood vessels in her lungs, requiring a double-lung transplant. Instead of getting stuck in thoughts of “Why did this happen to me?”, she reembraced her own advice and championed a new outlook: letting go of one life vision in order to unlock hidden advantages and new depths of resilience in oneself. Now a sought-after speaker, she’s imparting these hard-won lessons to help you adapt, disrupt, and innovate in your own life.

These are valuable insights forged in the fire — from Lindsey’s journey and from other inspiring individuals she’s met along the way. Part memoir, part inspirational guidebook, and full of grit, faith, and humor, The Gift of Perspective is ready to meet you where you are — in life, in business, and no matter where adversity may find you.



“Her story is one of resilience and faith that I think all of us could learn and be encouraged by.”
Win at Home First Podcast

Fox4 News

Women Lead Radio

“Her story is a testament to the power of resilience, and I believe it will resonate deeply with listeners who have struggled with body image, healing, and finding peace.”
Love Your Body Well

“[Lindsey Roy] seeks to build our collective wisdom of how to walk the challenges we each face while also lifting each other up.”
The Glass Hammer

Moments with Marianne

Lindsey’s story is nothing short of remarkable, and her insights into harnessing personal tragedy to cultivate wisdom and a new outlook on life are both enlightening and uplifting.
The Productivityist


  • Hardcover
  • 6 × 9 inches
  • 176 pages
  • 978-1-77327-186-6
  • $32.95 CAN / $24.95 USD
  • October 2023