Misconceptions of An Amputee

 

 

  • Don’t ask me about my prosthetics.

This is really just a personal preference whether or not an amputee wants to talk about their situation or why they are an amputee. The truth of the matter is, that no one, including an amputee, wants to be bombarded by personal questions when they’re just lookin’ to buy some milk at the grocery store. In some cases, this could be different, depending on the circumstance, if a small child were to approach me and ask about what happened or “where my leg went,” I would be more than happy to educate them about the matter. Though generally, like everyone, we don’t like to be rudely stared at and we certainly don’t like you in our personal space.

 

  • Traumatic Amputations.

While most of the time, regardless of how someone lost their limb it can be a certain type of traumatic. With that being said, not everyone loses their limbs in a traumatic way, like me, I lost my legs due to a train accident. While some have amputations that were scheduled, long overdue, or by some type of cancer, diabetes, and other diseases that couldn’t be helped. Some amputees’ lives have significantly improved, such as @DisxabledBeauty, who rejoices her new and improved life as an amputee. The biggest misconception on this topic, is that apparently all amputees are military service members who have lost their legs in combat. This could not be further from the truth, as a matter of fact, like I have mentioned before, the least amount of amputations happen to military service members – which is something to celebrate.

 

  • We’ll never walk again.

While this can seem a little “out there” it is true that some do believe that after someone loses a leg, that’s it. Some of these misconceptions are due to the worries of a loved one, like my mother for instance. She was worried that I would never walk again, yet here I am, walking.

 

  • We can’t work

Some amputees might find it difficult or physically impossible to go back to doing the same work that they did prior to amputation. Though, I use the word “impossible” loosely, merely because people are wonderous creatures and can adapt to insane measures. There is a first ever full-time double amputee that is currently a police officer. Do you know how physically hard it is to be a police officer even as an abled-bodies person? While some amputees, like me, are drawn to an entirely different career path. I didn’t want to be a cocktail waitress for the rest of my life, but I certainly didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. After having my accident, it all came to light. Now I am on the path to becoming a Psychologist.

 

  • We can’t do the things we love anymore, such as, sports, dancing, skiing, swimming, etc.

This misconception is luckily falling to the wayside due to amazing amputee athletes shining their glorious light on the matter, but even people who aren’t athletes still dance, they still drive, they still swim, and play with their children/grandchildren. Many amputee athletes are even better at sport than abled-bodied competitors.