“What’s in the future for me after my amputation?” This is the question most amputees ask after they lose their upper and lower limbs. Many amputees think about how they will return to work without a leg or an arm or fingers. There are those who are concerned about how they will do their daily activities minus their amputated body part. A bigger portion, however, has the tendency of losing hope to ever live a fruitful life.
But even after an amputation, finding work, having fun and all the jazz of a satisfying life can still be achieved. In fact, there are many amputees who made a mark in their fields. Take George Eyser for example. He was an American gymnast who was the first amputee to take part of the Olympics with the use of a prosthetic leg. He took home six medals in a single day, including three gold medals and two silver medals. There’s Natalie Du Toit who was the second amputee, after George Eyser, who got qualified for the Olympics where she bagged the 16th place in a 10 kilometer marathon. There’s Deke Slayton, a Mercury Seven astronaut, whose finger was amputated in a farming incident when he was but a child. And just when you think amputees won’t stretch the line, James Doohan, a Canadian actor who lost his right middle finger in a fire accident and who was well-known for his Scott Montgomery character in Star Trek, just did.
If these amputees did not give up hope and even soared in their chosen turfs with flying colors then amputation is certainly no reason for you to throw your life away. It may be because you want to earn money or you merely want to find satisfying work, there are numerous existing vocational rehabilitation services that can help you cope with your amputation and even find a suitable job.
These vocational rehabilitation services provide you with vocational counseling and guidance to help you with any emotional disturbances and financial discomforts. They assess your disability and how it affects your everyday life, your family and social circumstances and your work habits. They also assess the supportive devices you may need in the workplace to help you do your work easily.
They also give you medical, psychiatric and psychological assessments, restoration services such as leg and arm prosthetics or corrective surgery, job preparation seminars, support services such as helping your with transportation and daily expenses, short-term vocational trainings and self-employment seminars.
They can also help you pay for college education if you do wish to pursue it or they can help you find on-the-job trainings wherein you are paid to train in a typical workplace of your choosing. These rehabilitation services can also help you find job leads and even help you write resumes and practice for job interviews.
There are so many work opportunities in store for those who underwent amputation out there. If many amputees surpassed the unexpected despite the loss of a limb then you doing what you want to do is just as possible. It may not be easy but with the amount of help you’ll be getting, it just might get easier.
May 26 2010, 03:21 PM