• “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” – Dale Carnegie.
  • “Never never never give up.” – Winston Churchill.
  • “You can't beat the person who won't give up.” – Babe Ruth.
  • Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”Mary Anne Radmacher

Choose an inspiring quote and post it where you will see it every day.  Recovering and moving on with your new life after a traumatic injury or amputation is not going to be easy.  The learning experience can be overwhelming.  There are many professionals who are willing to help you in this recovery process, but ultimately you must own and embrace your new life with an inner strength you never knew existed!  You can do this!

I am a 59 year old female, above elbow amputee and have used an arm prosthesis since my injury over 25 years ago.  It was my choice to begin using a body-powered prosthesis as soon as possible after the amputation.  I use it in my daily life from morning until bedtime for tasks too numerous to list. I encourage the use of prosthetics whenever possible to live a full life. Find a prosthetist you can work with for your personal situation who understands that you are a unique individual and so are your prosthetic needs.  Learn as much as you can about your prosthetic choices. I have been pleased working with Northern Orthotics and Prosthetics for my prosthetic needs.  They have been great!

An initial issue I had with my arm amputation was body image. It was difficult to look in a mirror when dressing for the day.  My existing wardrobe did not fit well with wearing a prosthesis.  This was something I had to work on and buying clothes is still frustrating today. You may also endure the curious stares from the public until they get used to your new look.  If you show people that you are comfortable with your prosthesis it will put them at ease.

As I have grown older, I developed overuse syndromes in my good right arm.  I urge you to be careful with your remaining limb(s) and keep them healthy.  Talk to your doctor on the best way you can avoid overuse syndromes.

Don’t be afraid or too proud to ask for help when necessary.  Research assistive devices that are available.  You can also make adaptations in your home that will help.  (An example is a wooden cutting board that my husband added stainless steel spikes to so I can easily slice a tomato or onion.)

Set realistic goals for yourself and celebrate your achievements. Getting back to a normal routine takes time.

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