Starting a New Life after Losing a Limb

August 3, 2015

Losing a limb will have an effect on every aspect of a person’s life. It is not only a physical hardship, but an emotional one as well. No two people will ever deal with the loss of a limb in the same way, at the same pace, or with the same intensity. It is a completely different experience depending on each individual. The way that a person copes with amputation is affected by a variety of outside forces such as emotional and mental state at the time of amputation, financial situation, support or non-support from friends and family, age, previous life experiences, and more. It is important to always remember that the loss of a limb can be overcome and many amputees live complete and happy lives.

What Helps to Move On after an Amputation?

Many amputees have given testimonials describing how their lives have taken on new meaning, or how their amputation helped them to discover new things about themselves that have made them even happier than before. The first step is to decide how you will let your amputation affect you and then move forward.

  • Take control. After amputation people often say that the loss of control in their own lives is the most frustrating part. Be clear with your support group and with yourself about what you can and cannot do yourself.
  • Let go of the past. By understanding and accepting that your life will never be what it used to be, you can live and enjoy the present and even look forward the future.
  • Talk to somebody. It is important to find somebody to talk to that is a good listener and will provide honest feedback. Even talking out loud to another person will help you to understand how you feel yourself.
  • Stay positive. Think about the things you still have and the things you can do rather than things lost and things you cannot do.

Overall, everything really is in your hands. It is up to you to decide what your life will be after the loss of a limb.

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