Dealing Daily with your Emotions After Limb Loss

An amputation is a major event in your life. It was mine. After losing my left leg below the knee last year, every aspect of my life changed my physical state and most importantly my mental state. As a new amputee, every aspect of your life will change also including your mental state.

I found out early on that the key to a quick recovery mentally is how you cope with the reality. Dealing with the major changes in your life and learning how to handle the physical changes along with the psychological changes are the obstacles in front of you that you must face head-on.
Learning new skills to have simple mobility is one of the hardest challenges, but perseverance in handing your psychological needs is the hardest mountain to climb. Being open and transparent, day in day out, you have to worry about yourself and your emotions and feelings you are experiencing. It has an immediate and long-term effect on your total recovery.

So, yes, your life has changed.

I don’t know your situation. You might have diabetes or disease, or maybe even cancer. Whatever your situation, there is one thing for sure and that is you’re a new amputee. And as a new amputee, you must put yourself first to ensure your mental health is taken care of before anything else.
You must handle your physical emotions before they get out of control.
I get it and understand. It’s tough facing the psychological side of things. You might be hit with feelings you don’t understand. You immediately could experience feelings of negative self-worth, hopelessness, and worry.

I feel the hardest things to deal with as an amputee is learning how to deal with the feelings and emotions. Pain in your emotions is something that you just can’t put a Band-Aid on. It is already tough to know and understand your feelings and even more difficult to talk about them. The feelings can be overwhelming and seem to lie like a ton of bricks on your chest. It’s hard to put into words the jumbled mess of feelings you could be experiencing. I know first-hand. I deal with this same thing each and every day.

My life changed immediately when I lost my leg below the knee last year. I was devastated beyond belief. I couldn’t believe I had gotten myself here and in this situation. I was hit with emotions like a tidal wave. Depression, grief, worry, self-pity and the list goes on. At first, I didn’t know how to handle it. Daily, I still deal with negative self-worth and depression. I know the struggle. But I don’t ignore it.

After my amputation, I soon realized that I had to embrace it. I had to face the fact that limb loss was now a part of my life. Dealing with these emotions had to be done. I decided to open up and talk to my family, friends, my wife and any professional I could find. Mental health professionals are trained to understand and to help you understand what was going on.
I knew I had to have a plan.

As a new amputee, the best way to get yourself back to a normal life is to face your emotions and situation head-on. You have to have a plan and get a plan of attack to tackle the emotional roller coaster you are now on.

Talk to a social worker, Psychiatrist, your family, friends but talk about your emotions. Be open and embrace what you are feeling. By talking and letting it out, it allows others to understand what you are feeling to better help you cope with what you are feeling.
Talking about your feelings is the first positive step in getting back to a normal life. Once again, you can’t put a Band-Aid on emotions but you can medicate, rehabilitate and understand each one better. Understanding your emotions is the key to handling them when they come and knowing what to do to help yourself.

Being able to know and understand what is going on is the key to living a great and awesome life with limb loss.

If you would love to learn more about the limb loss life, my new book LIMB LOSS LIFE had been garnered as the AMPUTATION BIBLE is full of everything you need to help you on your journey with your limb loss. Get your copy today at or email with any questions you have about your limb loss at

Written by Jeffrey A. Mangus Ghostwriting Book and eBook Specialist.

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