Born without a right leg, it was apparent from day one that nothing was going to stop me. I’ve always needed a prosthesis that could keep up with me, not limit me. But convincing insurance companies has been my biggest challenge. Just getting by isn’t good enough. Being an example – now that’s important to me. It’s what I’ve always tried to be. Access to quality prosthetic care for people with limb loss and limb difference is essential to life. Speak up for yourself. Speak out for others. No is not an answer. - Sean Donnelly
If you are navigating the process of returning to life after an amputation, you are facing numerous challenges. Whether you are going back to work or school, your daily routine will be significantly affected by your new reality. However, you are not alone. Increased awareness regarding accessibility has led to a beneficial increase in the number and quality of resources available for those using prosthetic devices.
We want to help you identify your resources and how to get started recovering and enjoying life with your prosthetic device. Here are five places and people who will help you through the process:
Partnerships between humans and animals - especially dogs - have existed for centuries. But, the assistance that service animals provide their human partners takes this partnership to much greater levels. This "Rite on Point" video discusses service animals and the types of assistance they can give to their human partners.
Even though the process of adjusting to life with an artificial limb is unquestionably difficult, advances in adult and pediatric prosthetic technology have initiated a wealth of opportunities in modern times. Greater cultural awareness has vastly improved accessibility, and though we still have much to improve, our culture is more prepared than ever to help you or your child embrace life an artificial limb, with all its challenges and rewards.