Make an Amputee Support Connection
You may have recently undergone amputation surgery, had a child
born with a congenital limb difference, or just learned that one or
more of your limbs must be amputated.
Delaware Peer Support Network
If so, it is certainly a time of
high stress, fear and confusion. Questions may be whirling in your
mind – questions about working, raising a family, maintaining a
relationship, caring for yourself or your child, and accomplishing
basic daily living activities.
So where can you turn for information, guidance and emotional
support to assist you with your questions and the decisions you will
face? In many cases, only another amputee who has experienced a similar situation can provide the answers you need.
These people are
your peers, and they may be found among your friends, neighbors,
family members, or at a local amputee support group.
Remember, you're are not alone. If you want to speak with another
amputee or parent, call the the Amputee Support Group and ask to be connected with someone of the same gender and age group with similar limb differences.
ACA’s National Peer Network (NPN) maintains a database of trained, experienced peer visitors nationwide who are available to provide
the information and encouragement you and your family need.
The ACA National Peer Network (NPN)
The NPN meets the needs of new amputees who are coming to terms
with the reality of amputation by certifying peer visitors who
can demonstrate that there is life after amputation.
The certified peer
visitor is someone who has experienced this life-changing event, is
living a full and productive life, and has completed the ACA training
program preparing him or her to visit another individual.
A peer visitor
volunteers to serve as a role model, offer emotional support, and
provide information about local and national resources.
The ACA offers an intense one-day training workshop for those
who wish to become certified peer visitors. Support groups can sponsor
the trainings, and individuals can contact the Amputee Support Group of Delaware or go to www.amputee-coalition.org to find the training session closest to your area.
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