Growing Up After a Limb Loss

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
Growing up after a limb loss can be very difficult, but there are many things you can do to improve your outcome after limb loss and live a happy life.

Growing up after a limb loss can be very difficult, but there are many things you can do to improve your outcome after limb loss and live a happy life.

 

Growing up with an amputation can be difficult. Children and teens often feel limited by their limb loss and only notice the ways they are different from those around them. But Premier Prosthetics has gathered some advice for kids growing up as an individual with limb loss from kids and teens who have been there before.

Your attitude affects how others treat you

There is no getting around the curiosity and questions that people will inevitably have. But if you are more comfortable and confident with yourself, you can expect to receive more respect from others. If someone asks a question, offer a quick matter-of-fact explanation to put them at ease.

Laugh when you can

Having a sense of humor is one of the greatest gifts for those who go through life feeling like they are different. If you can crack some jokes and laugh at yourself, you will help make others feel comfortable. Humor can also help you get through the natural ups and downs of life!

It gets easier

Whether you were born without a limb or lost it later on, it will get easier. As you get older, you get used to living with a prosthetic device or without a limb at all. The people you care about will also become more accepting and comfortable with your difference.

Tell your family and friends how to support you

Your loved ones may act like nothing is different or they may try to do everything for you. But in different situations, you want different kinds of support. Instead of making your family and friends attempt to read your mind, tell them how they can help. Be kind and patient with your requests. It is sometimes awkward to say something to those who want to help, but they will usually appreciate some direction.

If you think that your child would benefit from talking with someone who has been through similar experiences as them, there are mentor programs and support groups available. Premier Prosthetics works with children to create prosthetic and orthotic devices to help them lead active and healthy lives. Contact us to make an appointment for your child today!

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