Limb Loss Awareness Month

by Jen Reeves on April 26, 2011 · 2 comments

in 2011, limb difference community

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.

 

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Sheri Q April 26, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Thanks for sharing! Like you, I had no idea limb difference people had a month. SO SO glad they do!!!

I’m gonna link to your post from mine! Again, thanks! : )

Jen Lee Reeves April 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Awesome. Thanks. I figure the more we talk about limb differences, the less mystique it holds!

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