Losing a limb can feel like a daunting setback. Even after you’ve physically recovered and learned to wear your new prosthesis, everything feels different and the learning curve looks huge. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned about limb loss, it’s that your perspective on the situation can make or break your ability to move forward and recognize all your possibilities.
Check out these tips for thankfulness as we approach Thanksgiving season!
Focus on What You Have
We’re not trying to minimize the circumstances that led to your limb loss – but you have a choice about what you focus on. Will you dwell on your losses, or will you zone in on the fact that your life is still full of purpose?
The choice you make can have a deep impact on your mental and emotional health for years to come, so it’s important to focus on the positives. Take inventory of everything you didn’t lose. Go over that list every day until thankfulness becomes instinctual. You’ll be amazed at the difference in your overall perspective!
Remember that Limb Loss Isn’t the End
The loss of a limb can feel like the loss of your favorite hobby, a beloved sport, or even your career. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
With all the technological developments in the field of prosthetics, and the way new industries like 3D printing are changing the affordability of prosthetic devices, maintaining your former lifestyle is much more possible than you may think. Whether you want to keep shooting hoops or you don’t want to give up globetrotting, chances are, there’s a prosthesis out there that can help you keep doing what you love.
Okay, so you’ve taken inventory of all the great things in your life and you’ve found a prosthesis that allows you to stick with your favorite activity or your job. What now?
You’ve already done the important part, which is to focus on the good and move into your new normal. Now, you’ve got to keep that momentum going! It’s common to have an off day every now and then, but as long as you’re aiming for a life of purpose and positivity, you’ll see a lot more fulfillment in your everyday activities.
Here at BioTech, we’re passionate about helping you recognize all your possibilities after limb loss. You don’t stop – so neither do we! If you’re looking for a fitting or you just need some answers, BioTech is here for you. Contact us today!