How To Cope with Life after an Amputation

An amputation makes a drastic difference in life. Whether this is caused by a disease or an accident, an amputation of any of your limbs would surely cause trauma. At first you will have difficulty in living normally, especially if you were very mobile when you still had your limb/s. However, you can deal with having an amputation by keeping a positive attitude, and by surrounding yourself with people who love you.

Keep a positive attitude. It’s normal to feel bad about losing a limb or two. It’s certainly not a pleasant feeling having a part of your body gone. However, think of it this way: be thankful that you are still alive. Some diseases might require amputation because of infections that can spread to the rest of your body. If your finger, arm, to or leg weren’t amputated, then the infection would have killed you altogether. It’s the same with accidents. There are instances when injuries are too serious that a limb cannot be saved. But you are still alive.

Keeping a positive attitude can help promote healing both physical and emotional wounds. Try to live life as if everything were back to normal, even if you would have to make adjustments because of your amputation.

Try prosthetics. Depending on the severity of your amputation, you can ask your doctor if prosthetics are a good option. These can help you feel whole, even if the functionality may not be the same. Some prosthetic applications are even so advanced that they can mimic the real thing. For instance, runners who had been amputated can have themselves fitted with prosthetic legs that mimic the bounce and step of running, and they can now compete in running events.

Remodel your home. If your amputation is on the legs, you might have to remodel your home to accommodate your disability. If you are on a wheelchair, you will need ramps or a stair elevator to be installed. If you can walk on crutches, you will need adequate arm rails for support.

Retrofit your car. Just because you’ve had an amputation doesn’t mean you cannot drive anymore. Have your vehicle retrofitted to support control mechanisms that you can manipulate. For instance, if you lack one leg, then you can still drive an automatic vehicle (stick shift will not be an option). You can even apply for a permit to park in the PWD parking slots.

Join support groups. Other people with the same disability can help you get started with recovery. You can find support groups in your area. Or, you can look for online forums and email groups that can offer support. Try to learn from other people’s experiences, and adapt these lessons to your situation.

Surround yourself with people who love you
. In keeping a positive attitude, it’s also important that the people around you are likewise positive with their outlook. Keep family and friends close by. You can learn to be independent even with your disability, but let people help you with your needs, if necessary.

Having an amputation does not necessarily mean that life ceases to be normal. It will be different, but you can cope with it by moving on and adapting to change.


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