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Limb Loss Awareness Month: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

There are approximately 185,000 amputations in the US alone every year. In 2013, there were around 2.1 million amputees in the US, and by 2050, this figure is projected to increase to 3.6 million. Despite this number, it's still easy to feel alone, making it even more important to become active within the community and fight for your health care rights. This is why this April, we at Amputee Store are celebrating Limb Loss Awareness Month 2019, and we invite you to join us and be your own advocate.

Celebrate limb loss awareness month April 2019. Advocate for those living with limb loss.

Hill Day

One way that you can get your voice heard is by joining Amputee Coalition’s Hill Day. This event is slated on April 8-9 in Washington, D.C. If you can’t make it, you can still email or call your legislature to let them know about your concerns and the care you need. 

Support Group Appreciation Day

On April 14, various amputee communities will mark the importance of amputee support groups by celebrating Support Group Appreciation Day.

Amputee support groups are crucial to helping numerous amputees cope with limb loss and the psychological issues that may arise after amputation. You can celebrate this day by getting together with your own support group or by simply interacting with other amputees who may feel alone in their new amputee life.   

Certified Peer Visitor Day 

Losing a limb is a life-changing event. New amputees are especially vulnerable to experiencing anxiety, anger, depression, and stress, among others. And an effective way to cope with life-changing events like this is to have someone who has a similar history to talk to. 

April 19 is Certified Peer Visitor Day. Take this day as an opportunity to thank your peer visitor for their invaluable insights or for lending an ear. You may also take this time to reflect whether you’d like to sign up as a peer visitor yourself and lend a helping hand to those who need you the most. 

Spread the Message

Around 36 percent of people with limb loss experience depression and more than 600 children undergo an amputation relating to a lawn-mower incident. One of the simplest and best ways to celebrate Limb Loss Awareness Month is to spread awareness. Use any of the channels available to you, such as social media. Let others know what a day in an amputee’s life is like. You just might gain an additional voice that can help amputees around the world be heard and empowered.  

Share with us in the comments section below how you are planning to celebrate Limb Loss Awareness Month. We’d love to hear from you.  
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  • At age 88 I am wheelchair bound. I would like to know who or how to talk to improve sidewalks. They are in terrible disrepair or not there. In Daytona Beach, FL there are no sidewalks entering malls from the street sidewalks. Many are too narrow and are lacking in major streets connecting outer roadways to inner roadways. Any suggestions?

    Paul Tomaino on

  • Both of my legs being amputated later in life was not that big of a deal. Twenty eight yeas ago this April 12th doctors found that I had flesh & bone eating bacteria in 100% of my body due to parental abuse because when my appendix had burst when I was 6 years old, they refused to get me fixed. Now 68, the pain from peritonitis I lived with for 5 decades is beyond your comprehension.

    Cliff Newman on

  • Both below the knee, right was removed in 2003, left in 2012 but I was diagnosed terminal on April 12th 1991 [28 years ago].

    Cliff Newman on

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