October 9th, 2019
We believe that support is the key to a successful journey with your new life as an amputee. While amputation is a life-changing event, it is not a life-ending event. You will be able to get back to your normal life, you just might change in the way you do things. Losing a part of your body requires both physical and emotional adjustments. While some people experience relief from the stress and pain of trying to save the limb, it is very common to feel a range of emotions after an amputation.
One of the best ways to combat the emotional difficulties that come with amputation is to reach out and find amputee support groups. We have put together a list of some great organizations that provide support and care to amputees and their families.
Amputee Coalition (Nationwide)
Today, almost 2 million Americans have experienced amputations or were born with limb differences. Another 28 million people in our country are at risk for amputation. The Amputee Coalition is the nation’s leading organization on limb loss, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for amputees and their families, improving patient care and preventing limb loss. With the generous support of the public, we are helping amputees live well with limb loss, raising awareness about limb loss prevention and ensuring amputees have a voice in matters affecting their ability to live full, thriving lives.
Dallas Amputee Network (DFW Area)
The mission of DAN is to foster an active network of people that will benefit everyone to some degree, not only by providing moral support but also through a service-oriented source of information and communication for all amputees and family members. To present programs and resource information to update members about new materials and techniques in prosthetics, and to promote physical fitness and social interaction for a healthier lifestyle, with “Un-limb-ited Possibilities”. To provide peer visitors for new amputees in hospitals and rehab clinics, as well as models for students at UT Southwestern in Prosthetics and Physical Therapy.
Amputee Support Group of Arlington (Arlington, TX)
The Amputee Support Group of Arlington meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at 900 West Arbrook Blvd, Arlington, TX 76015
Fort Worth Coalition (Fort Worth, TX)
The Fort Worth Coalition is a local group that meets once a month to assist other amputees with the new challenges and available to assist others. We all have been down the road and know what the struggles are. We are dedicated to assisting others, so you don’t have to deal with some of the things that we all have been through. Fort Worth Coalition group meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at: Texas Rehab Hospital—425 Alabama Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Select Rehabilitation Support Group Meeting (DENTON, TX)
Our support groups meet on the second Thursday of each month and provide patients and their
family caregivers an opportunity to learn together and support one another as they strive to rebuild their lives and promote health, independence, and well-being. Each meeting begins with dinner, followed by a speaker and support group break-out sessions. 6 pm at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton—2620 Scripture St, Denton, Texas 76201
ACT (Amputee of Central Texas) (Waco, TX)
The ACT (Amputees of Central Texas) amputee support group meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. (Caregivers are welcome to attend) Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest—100 Hillcrest Medical Blvd, Waco, TX 76712
Baton Rouge Rehab Amputee Support Group (Baton Rouge, LA)
Our support group is open to the community and is held on the third Friday of each month from 12pm-3pm. A free lunch is provided. We meet at Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital, 8595 United Plaza Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. For more information call (225) 231-3123 or email Roxane.email@example.com
Not in one of these cities? Visit Amputee Coalition’s website to find a support group in your area.