Why is Awareness Sharing so important?
Sharing knowledge about life with Amputation or limb difference is very important.Â Although amputation has been with us since the earliest times, dating back to Ancient Eqypt, amputation still remains a social discussion topic of taboo.Â We still hide our differences, look away and tell children not to ask questions.
AMPUTEES NSW is dedicated to making all this change for the better for all in our community. Sharing knowledge of the community and our organisation creates more opportunity for change.
Many struggle with not just the physical problems associated with limb loss but they also struggle against the emotional and psychological issues as well. You see amputation effects not just the physical health of a person, it also effects the mental health.Â Many amputees struggle with depression and anxiety as a result of having an amputation.
While we are often inspired or encouraged by the physical abilities and mental resilience of elite amputee athletes, this is not the reality for most living with amputation or limb difference. Even for those individuals there are good days ready to face the world and there are days where you just can’t leave the bed.
Awareness of the daily struggle is important in breaking down barriers, changing perceptions and creating a more inclusive and supportive society for all with disability and personal challenge.
Are all amputations the same?
Limb difference comes in many forms just as there are many ways an amputation can occur.
Causes of limb loss include ;
- Physical Trauma – such as a motor vehicle accident or farm machinery accident
- Diabetes/Vascular -Â as much as 50% of the amputations in NSW are the direct result of vascular disease
- Sepsis – an infection causes your bodies immune system to overreact and attack itself. Thousands of people in Australia develop sepsis through infection each year result in common multiple amputations
- Cancers – cancers of the body including bone cancers and juvenile cancers lead to limb removal to save the patients life
- Congenital – Sometimes the process for our early development is disrupted in some way resulting in limbs failing to develop completely of partially
Limb loss can effect ;
- Arms – this includes hands, forearms, upper arms, shoulders and forequarter.
- Legs – this includes partial feet, below knee, above knee and hind quarter.
- Multiple limbs – multiple combinations such as both legs, both arms andÂ even quad amputation (all four limbs impacted).
Within each individual difference a unique set of problems and challenges arise.Â Those with upper limb difference have a distinct set of problems to those with only lower limb difference.Â Each difference compounds the physical challenges and thus the need for more supports so the individual can get on with life like non amputees.
Everyday tasks become not just challenging but also a risk and dangerous.Â Imagine how hard I becomes to move around your house, or the risk of taking a shower when you have no legs.Â How about caring for a baby when you only have one arm.
How can I share?
The best way to start sharing is to Recognise your state entity and promote them in your social community.Â This Amputee Awareness Week why not use your Facebook or Instagram accounts to recognise AMPUTEES NSW and amputees in your community.
- Like us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/AmputeesNSW
- Share with your friends and family, encourage a discussion about how life would be difficult with a limb difference
- Post on your Facebook a photo and tag us â€¦Â #AmputeesNSW, tell us how you recognise the community and amputee life
- Talk to your School, Employer or Sports club about recognising Amputees Awareness Week and having one of our motivational speakers come and talk
- Call us on 1800 810 969 and find out how you can meet and volunteer in our community
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