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Why do I feel so sad about my limb loss?

Losing a limb may cause feelings of sadness at first. The physiological trauma of losing a limb is similar to what one experiences when diagnosed with a fatal disease. The person who loses a limb by amputation goes through the stages written about by Dr. Kubler-Ross in her book on the stages of dying.

You may experience denial, blame, anger, sorrow and finally acceptance. Each stage takes time. Some people pass quickly through the stages, while others may take days, weeks or perhaps months to reach acceptance. Of course, there are a few who never reach acceptance. If feelings of sadness overwhelm you, it’s best to talk to your VA doctor or make an appointment with a counselor for talk therapy.  

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