Amputees battle an uphill challenge every day, and at so many levels, from social to spiritual to physical and emotional. Emotional response to an amputation is different with every individual as well as their family. They all, however, suffer loss and a sense of grief. Just how people respond to an amputation depends largely on their unique make-up and personality as well as their support systems.

People suffering from an amputation may hold feelings of anger, anxiety, shock and denial. For some, however, an amputation may be the end of months or years of pain and is viewed as more of a relief and, perhaps improved function. The feeling associated with an amputation can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with. Amputees often compare their feelings to that of a roller coaster ride, there are ups and downs and sometimes you feel like you are not in control.

These ranges of feeling are completely normal and all part of the healing process.

What really helps, in terms of an amputation, are the positive meanings and purpose you take away from it at the end of the day.

Stop for a moment and think about how your life will change. Perhaps you have a creative inclination, now id the perfect time to indulge in activities you simply never made time for in the past. Maybe you took everything for granted until your amputations, nor you see the importance of every nuance in life.

As you progress, you will discover just how strong a person you really are. You will regain your independence and embark on challenges each and every day. And with advances in prosthetic socket technology, there is no limit to what you can do.