As a veteran, how can I gain the strength to cope with the loss of a limb?

In addition to losing a limb, dealing with the grief that follows is difficult. The limb loss can cause loss of control over other aspects of your life, especially if you were physically active. You may have noticed that those facets of life that once depended on your abilities and strength no longer do. Instead of being in control of your destiny, you may feel that the amputation controls every aspect of your life; you are simply a puppet on a string. However, there is a fine line between what you think you cannot control and what you absolutely cannot control. The key to dealing with amputation is to make sure you understand this distinction.

Start by setting goals each day to tackle a new area that you have lost control over. Perhaps you have been unable to do yard work. Start with one part of your yard and try to get that cleaned up. As you accomplish one project, think of how you were able to function and start another small task. Soon the yard is cleaned up and you have accomplished your goal. Taking baby steps after amputation will help you regain control of your life. Take one small step after another until you regain control and confidence in all areas of your life again.

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