How Amputees Find Motivation in Life
Limb loss is a life-changing event, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be a life-ruining one. In fact, it’s very much possible for amputees to not just overcome their struggles but flourish and lead fulfilling lives. But just how do you achieve success and happiness after such a traumatic and devastating experience? Here’s what some amputees had to say:
A Positive Attitude Is Key
“I never gave up because I never heard people say that I would never walk again. If you tell yourself that you’re not going to be able to do something, then chances are that you won’t be able to. It’s crucial to keep yourself motivated.”
Focus On Yourself First
“When I first became an amputee, I had to be a pillar of strength for my family, consequently repressing my own fears and sadness as a young 17-year-old. It’s important that you deal with your grief and issues early on so that you can adjust and then focus on reaching your potential.”
Take an Active Role in Your Recovery
“Since losing my left leg above the knee to cancer in 1995, I’ve learned that education and medical follow-up are key and lead to empowerment. I believe it’s our individual responsibility to learn to advocate for ourselves and essential for our health and well-being. For me, getting to the stage in recovery where I found myself forgetting the date of my amputation until it passed by, and regarding my limb loss and cancer as an inconvenience rather than a daily burden, was a sign of thriving.”
Ignore the Naysayers
“If I had listened to all the medical professionals who said I would never walk again and that I should give up on being a cop, you would be footing my Social Security bill right now! … Doctors make statements based on past observations of the majority of patients. The beauty of it is that we are not machines, and, therefore, we can beat the odds.”
Get Back to Living
“I have learned that I was dealt a rotten hand – that I got a tough break and all of that. I have also learned that that’s life. In life, you are going to have ups and downs, highs and lows, joys and sorrows, so I go with it, accept it, and understand that life is a journey. And, finally, I learned that living with limb loss isn’t as scary as I first thought – not at all.”
These quotes have been sourced from the Amputee Coalition website.
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