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Milestones – Emotional Recovery

Major changes in our lives are often brought about by a crisis of one form or another. As in the case of limb loss, or the requirement for on-going orthotic and/or brace support, “fixing” the physical issues is only part of the recovery process. Healing the emotional issues is equally as important.

The Amputee Coalition of America uses six Milestones (phases) to describe the emotional road to recovery. While each person will react differently based on such things as their immediate situation, personality, age, health, and financial status, there appears to be common “mind” and “spirit” set of milestones that are often experienced.

The stages of emotional recovery that the Amputee Coalition has defined include:

Enduring – Surviving surgery; focusing on the present to get through the pain; blocking out distress about the future; making a conscious choice not to deal with the full meaning of the loss or crisis

Suffering – Coping with residual physical discomfort and emotional issues of fear, denial, anger, depression; vulnerable and confused; questioning: Why me?  How will  I…?

Reckoning – Becoming aware of the new reality; accepting all that is remaining; dealing with the implications for the future; minimizing one’s own losses in comparison to others’ losses

Reconciling – Putting the loss in perspective; regaining control; increased awareness of one’s strengths and uniqueness; more assertive; self-management of illness and recovery

Normalizing – Reordering priorities; bringing balance to one’s life; establishing and maintaining new routines; doing the things that matter; allowing priorities other than those of the crisis to dominate; advocating self

Thriving – Living life to the fullest; being more than before; trusting self and others; being confident; being a role model for others.

While these emotional phases maybe somewhat typical, when or if they occur and in what order, is not predictable.  At Green Prosthetics & Orthotics we are mindful of these emotional dimensions and will collaborate with the patient and recovery team to help navigate the emotional journey.  When chronic problems are recognized we will assist in recommending the patient for appropriate treatment.