Helpful Tips for New Amputees

For someone who has recently lost a limb, this unexpected new road is often paved with confusion, frustration, and fear. Likely, it’s a journey you never anticipated; a challenge that seems almost insurmountable. Yet somehow, from deep inside, the courage begins to rise, your resolve strengthens, and eventually you realize this can become a new beginning; a chance to prove to yourself your own strength. As your determination grows, you become encouraged, little by little, that once again life will again be full of opportunities. You CAN enjoy an active life. You will continue to face challenges, but you will also continue to find solutions and strength.

One of the most important things to remember as you embark on the road ahead is that you are not alone. While your immediate friends and family may not fully comprehend the wide array of emotions you feel, there is a great network of amputees that do understand. Two excellent amputee support groups in the greater Raleigh area are:

TAG – Triangle Amputee Group
They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm at Café 3
Stedman Building
Duke Center for Living Campus
3475 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705
You can find out more on their website: http://www.triangleamputeesupport.org

WakeMed Amputee Support Group
They meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from
4 to 5:00pm
WakeMed Raleigh Campus Rehab Conference Rm # 2
Rehabilitation Hospital
3000 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
For information, call 919-350-8903

We also encourage you to read the tips in this article from The National Amputee Foundation. It offers such fantastic suggestions for managing the practical, day-to-day challenges you face. Please take the time to read it if you can.
http://home.comcast.net/~n2fc/natamp/tips.html

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