Did you know April is Limb Loss awareness month? I didn’t either. It’s actually the first time the Amputee Coalition of America has held a month-long campaign to raise awareness. That’s mainly because there are three different amputee worlds: congenital, traumatic and health-related amputations. The ACA’s campaign focuses on the health-related amputations and how many of those are preventable.
It’s worth checking out… I realize the focus may be on adults, but I think any type of awareness can make a difference about how our society handles a person who doesn’t look like you and me. It also talks about accidents involving children… There’s a heartbreaking story about a family whose daughter lost her leg in a lawnmower accident. I’ve met a number of children who dealt with the same type of accident… and I’ve seen how they are incredibly strong and are able to grow up into great people! You can read the story here. I also appreciate the writings about combat amputees who deserve incredible amounts of love and support for putting themselves at risk for our country.