One of the first things that new amputees or children living with limb loss or limb difference probably think is that there is no one else in the world like them. No one else knows how they feel or what they are going through. No one knows the sense of loss, grief, frustration, and even anger that they may be feeling. No one knows the loneliness.
BUT SOMEONE DOES! With 2.2 million individuals living with limb loss or limb difference in the United States, you can bet there is someone who has been through a very similar situation as you. Someone has the same feelings you have. Someone has the same level of amputation or limb difference as you. Someone shares the same goals as you. Someone shares your same sadness and sense of being alone.
The good news is you can find that person/those people! Through the Amputee Coalition and groups like Life Unlimbited, you are able to easily connect with others in your same circumstances. By connecting with the AC on their website www.amputee-coalition.org y0u can locate a support group near you, request for a peer visitor to contact you, or be linked to a wide variety of virtual groups all over the country, taking place nearly every day of the week.
If there was a blessing to be found during the pandemic, it was that the outreach of the Amputee Coalition and so many support groups around the country began using virtual platforms and were able to reach so many more individuals than they had ever been able to do before through in-person meetings.
If you're struggling with loneliness or depression, I can PROMISE YOU that you are not alone. Many of us have been there and a lot of us are still there. Reach out and get yourself some support. YOU DESERVE IT!! If you're more comfortable in a one-on-one setting, a peer visitor would be a great place for you to start. If you want to find a group that is active or social or providing adaptive fitness, you can find that, too.
Somewhere out here, there is someone like you. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!