Undergoing amputation is a difficult process. If you recently lost a limb, you will spend some time in a difficult place emotionally, mentally and physically.

However, there is hope, and it does get better. Today, we’re going to talk about how you can adapt to the “new you” as a recent amputee:

Don’t play the blame game.

Even if certain life choices did get you here, beating yourself up is only going to make it harder to move forward. Learn to forgive yourself and accept that you are only human.

It’s okay to be angry.

You will feel a range of emotions, anger among them. You’ll be angry at the situation, and if you lost a limb due to someone else’s negligence, you’ll be angry at them for a while as well. It’s okay to be angry. Allow yourself to feel it. Eventually, the time will come to let that anger go so you can move on with your life.

Learn new habits.

If lifestyle choices led to your amputation, you will need to make major changes to ensure you don’t lose another limb. Start saying, “Old Me did this. New Me doesn’t do this.” It’s easier to stick with new habits if you think in terms of “doesn’t” instead of “can’t.” One is a description of yourself; the other is a description of a restriction. 

Know that you will overcome.

Many amputees are able to return to an active lifestyle after their procedure. It takes a lot of hard work, but with the right attitude it can be done.

 Learn to accept limits.

By the same token, there will be some things that you may not be able to return to doing. It’s okay to mourn what you have lost. Focusing on what you will achieve from here on out can enable you to go further than you thought possible.

We’re here for you, no matter where you are in your amputee journey. Whether you’re being fitted for your first prosthesis or are buying your tenth, our experts will help you achieve your goals for a more active lifestyle.