Hey folks! The month of April is full of so many awareness proclamations and events. But one that is special to us is Limb Loss Awareness Month! As I traverse the internet and mountains of information, I find that Limb Loss gets left left off of these lists-which speaks volumes to me. As I'm writing this, I also contacted some of these health awareness sites asking them to include Limb Loss on their lists. #Advocate Locally, a couple of potential advocates are Sen. Dale Erdey and Rep. Scott Simon-these were provided to me by a local prosthetist.
There are many causes for limb loss and amputations. Some of these are: vascular disease, diabetes, blood clots, injury, infection, removal of bone and tumors.... Whatever the cause, amputation can lead not only to the physical trauma and changes but also to emotional stress as one comes to terms with adapting to a new way of life.
We enjoy working with this specific group here at Excel Rehab. And when you are working with these folks 2-3 times a week, you learn a lot about the other complications and issues that these individuals are dealing with. Because of this, we created an amputee support group. I wanted to do this because the parish of Ascension did not have a support group for amputees. I felt it was a much needed, but missing, resource for Ascension Parish residents.
Unlike other amputee support groups which are run more like clinics, #AMPEDUP is designed more as mental health support. There are no PTs, no OTs, no prosthetists, etc. It's a private meeting with amputees only, to be able to share their thoughts, feelings, experiences etc and to give support to one another. I'm only there as your guide. This is YOUR group.
For more information on #AMPEDUP, our support group, you can go on our Facebook Page. You can register to attend the monthly meetings there as well. We have also created an Amputee Group on our Facebook page.
We would love to have you join our family of amputee support. If you are a friend or family member of an amputee that you think needs a little support or needs to meet other amputees, please share our information with them.
Happy Limb Loss Awareness Month! Hope to see yall soon. #LLAM #LimbLossAwarenessMonth