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How to Cope With Life After an Amputation

by eHow Relationships & Family Editor

Life changes completely when you lose a limb. Growing accustomed to a new lifestyle and habits is difficult. Nevertheless, there are ways to deal with such a loss. Family, friends and support groups are there to help you cope with life after an amputation.

Keep a positive outlook. If you had an athletic lifestyle that you feel is gone with the loss of an arm or leg, look for events for handicapped in your area. If you cannot find one in your area, start an event for the disabled which will then help you become involved within your community and help acclimate you to this new stage in your life.

Learn your new limitations. Do not become stubborn and refuse help. No one can do everything on their own, especially in the beginning.

Remodel your home according to your post-operation requirements. If you are in a wheelchair, add ramps to your home to help you maintain an independent lifestyle.

Apply for a handicap-parking permit. Do not feel ashamed or embarrassed that you will need one. The permit will help you when you want to go out shopping or to a restaurant.

Enroll in a support group if you find the new everyday challenges to be too overwhelming. Others in this group can offer new insight and understand your feelings better than someone who is not an amputee.

Join a spiritual or religious group if you feel you need something more. People in these groups can help you from a different angle if you find a support group is not helping you.

Speak with your doctor about the possibility of a prosthetic. Your doctor most likely will have already, after your surgery, suggested going to physical therapy. You, your doctor, and your physical therapist can assess the strength of the muscles for a prosthetic.

Tip

  • Remember that you are not alone in this experience. Seek out others who are going through or have gone through the same emotions you may be feeling. Welcome the support of people you know in the meantime.