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On the Joy of Walking Again

On The Joy of Walking Again The goal of any amputation recovery is to get back on your feetand walk again. Frederic Gros wrote a book that reinforced the joy of meandering by describing the way several inspiring philosophers expressed their appreciation of the psychological effects of walking: Thoreau, Nietzsche, and Kant.   Gros explains…
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Make Your Bodily Consciousness Grow a New Leg

Make Your Bodily Consciousness Grow a New Leg Ask any amputee, and they all will tell you that you can’t grow a new one. The point of this article is that if you wear your prosthesis long enough, your consciousness will accept it as if it was a new leg. A prosthesis is simply a…
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How To Be Sure An Amputation Is For You

How To Be Sure An Amputation Is For You Considerations Before You Get an Amputation How To Be Sure An Amputation Is For You. The loss of a limb can have a considerable psychological impact. The grief and bereavement people face after an amputation are equivalent to the death of a loved one. Ignoring the…
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Is PTSD inevitable after an amputation

Is PTSD Inevitable after an Amputation?

Is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Inevitable after Amputation? The major symptoms of PTSD are reliving the traumatic event in vivid nightmares, unwanted memories, and flashbacks. Heart palpitations and panic attacks occur as the trauma is relived. Patients report feeling wound up, unable to concentrate or sleep, and experience unprovoked intense anger. They are easily startled and…
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Resolving Anger About Your Amputation

Resolving  Anger About Your Amputation There is really a band calling themselves the “Angry Amputees” and have a Facebook page. Dalty, their lead vocalist is actually an amputee. He had lost both legs and fingers. He started the band to deal with his anger. His ability to resolve it and carry on should be an…
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How to Grow Old Gracefully with Your Amputation

How to Grow Old Gracefully With Your Amputation Things Amputees Can Do To Extend Their Lives There are things amputees can do to extend their lives, This article will address now to grow old gracefully with your amputation. Ever notice you never hear anyone talk to you about amputations and aging? Though we don’t have…
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Self-quarantine One Leg at a Time

Self-quarantine One Leg at a Time   We are at the beginning of what promises to be a long, pandemic summer. Coronavirus cases are still climbing in nineteen states.  Second, to wearing a mask self-quarantining is one of the few ways we have of protecting ourselves and maintaining control of our lives. As an amputee,…
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Top advancements in prostheses in 2020

Top Advancements in Prostheses in 2020

Top Advancements in Prostheses in 2020 Consciously controlled limbs 3D printing See-through designs Bionic arms Nerve detectors Similar to bionic limbs, nerve detectors control the prosthetic, utilizing the user’s mind to think they are actually moving the limb. The technology behind it operates via spinal motor neurons, instead of just muscle, like a bionic arm.…
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Journaling Improves Amputation Recovery

Journaling improves amputation recovery Journaling helps in amputation recovery. You don’t know what journaling can do for your amputation till you try it. It puts a progression to your thoughts. You see the change in much more detail. By reflecting on things you wrote in the past, you see how much things have changed. Journaling…
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Beating Phantom Pain

Beating Phantom Pain Ask any amputee who has delt with phantom pain. All they want to do is beat Phantom pain.You know phantom pain when you feel it. It comes from where your limb used to be. The sensation starts as a discomfort. It is a real feeling coming from the missing limb. It might…
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Unlocking the Secrets of Being an Amputee Spouse

Unlocking the Secrets of Being an Amputee Spouse

Unlocking the Secrets of Being an Amputee Spouse   For some time now I have felt a gentle nudge from the universe to write a book about our experience when my husband suffered a medical emergency that changed our lives forever. It has taken me nearly three years to get to a place where I…
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Don’t Let your Amputation Become a Major Depression

Don’t Let your Amputation Become a Major Depression

Don’t Let Your Amputation Become a Major Depression Dealing With Your Feelings Many people never see their recovery from their amputation stall. Don’t let your amputation become a major depression. Getting into an auto accident leaves us no chance to prepare for our amputation. As a result, many amputees have not resolved the emotional loss…
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15 Amputation Analytics That May Inspire You

15 Amputation Analytics That May Inspire You Limb loss is much more common than many people realize, and the numbers are growing. By learning the facts about limb loss, we can start to be better advocates for our friends and family, feel less alone during our journey with limb loss, and raise awareness through meaningful, fact-based…
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Reducing Amputee Stress

Reducing Amputee Stress Stress is what you feel when you can’t get out of a negative situation. It becomes paradoxical when you give up trying. Like an employee returning to work while being unable to be tested for Coronavirus because they are not “normal” according to the federal government, nor can they sue if they…
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Six steps to having a full and active recovery.

Six Steps to Have a Full and Active Recovery

There are six steps to have a full and active recovery. After much soul searching I attribute them to my success in quickly becoming a confident, active and fully independent single-leg amputee. Each of the five recommendations can be adjusted to fit any lifestyle the individual amputee wants. You also don’t have to be an…
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Amputee Skills Reduce Pandemic Fatigue Syndrome

Amputee Skills Reduce Pandemic Fatigue Syndrome Almost everyone is unusually anxious because of COVID-19. However, being in a constant state of anxiety and stress will not do you any good. After all, stress is known to affect our immune system.  So, what should we do? We can try coping with anxiety and building mental resilience by…
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How to Reduce Post-Amputation Depression

How to Reduce Post-Amputation Depression You have a flood of different feelings right after your amputation. Shock and disbelief come when you see part of you missing. You feel frustrated when you realize you have a long recovery ahead of you. At some point, profound sadness and grief overtake you when issues like returning to…
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Assessing Amputation Depression

Assessing Amputation Depression You are recovering from an amputation and Know something is dragging you down. Assessing amputation depression is the next step. In a recent study, twenty percent of all amputees suffer from depression. After waking up in the hospital to realize you have had a foot or arm amputated can cause a psychological…
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Stopping amputee self-sabotage

Stopping Amputee Self-Sabotage

Stopping Amputee Self-Sabotage Recognizing what triggers destructive amputation recovery self-sabotage is the major focus for anyone who lost a limb. You set a goal for yourself and somehow never reach it. You find yourself back in the same situation no matter how much planning, strategizing, or intention-setting you do. Self-sabotage is repeating these same patterns,…
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What is Fall Prevention?

What is Fall Prevention? What is Fall Prevention? you ask. Identifying places and behaviors that can easily result in a loss of balance is called fall prevention. The more you take control of this process, the more confident you feel about returning to your-pre amputation lifestyle. If you haven’t been taught and warned about the…
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Defeating Amputee Helplessness

Defeating Amputee Helplessness Defeating amputee helplessness sounds easy but you must understand what causes it and how to stop it in its tracts. Every amputee must face the feelings of helplessness at some point in their recovery. For amputees who wake in the ER after a car wreck, it maybe sooner. Your first reaction is…
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Pre-amputation Assessment

Pre-amputation Assessment I found this article on assessment after my amputation. I was struggling with the raw feelings of never having my foot again. I felt like I was waking up from a dream where everything is in chaos, and regrets are not resolved. I wake up to people trying to be logical and not…
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How to Reduce Your Amputee Anxiety

How to Reduce Your Amputee Anxiety What Causes Amputee Anxiety Sixty-four percent of recent amputees suffer from anxiety. Many of them find they are overwhelmed by that fear. There are some specific triggers that the newly amputated face that is unique. Amputation Anxiety starts with the realization that your body will drastically change, and your…
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Using Your Amputee Skills to Coping with the Pandemic

Using your Amputee Skills to Cope with the Pandemic These days, we all have to accept the anxiety inherent in living with the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19. If there were a way to dispel all anxious feelings, I’d tell you, but there isn’t. The one exception might be someone who could summon such a degree…
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Amputee Store Teleprosthetics

Amputee Store Teleprosthetics During this global pandemic, telehealth is emerging as an effective and sustainable solution to stem the spread of COVID-19. We’re here to address your immediate prosthetic concerns from the comfort and safety of your home. Depending upon where you live in the world, getting your prosthetic concerns answered may be difficult. Amputee…
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Amputees Learn Skills to Deal with a Pandemic

Amputees Learn Skills to Deal with a Pandemic Amputees Learn Skills to Deal With A Pandemic   The Coronavirus has left people in social isolation. They are housebound, and their movement is restricted. People are panicking because their lives are shattered. They can no longer go to work and don’t have a clear idea when…
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Why Do You Call Yourself Disabled?

Why Do You Call Yourself Disabled? Able or Disable You must do two things before you can honestly answer that question. You must realize the difference between disabled and abled. Not a silly distinction but it is a concrete distinction. Are you disabled because you feel safe in your wheelchair? Do you obsess on things…
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Consultation Calendar

CONSULTATIONS CALENDAR KEVIN KAPPLER, PH.D. Contact Dr. Kappler Consultations & Messages You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Kappler by using the frorm below, or you can click this button to send a message. Send Message SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION INITIAL CONSULTATIONS FOR NEW CLIENTS ARE FREE OF CHARGE
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Necessary Things to do Before an Amputation

Necessary Things To Do Before an Amputation

 NecessaryThings to do Before an Amputation   Two Ways To Get There Necessary things to do before an amputation. You are facing an amputation. Here is a checklist of things you have to do before you get your amputation. How you got here is either the result of a medical condition in your limb that…
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You Can Lead a Happy Life! Let Me Show You How! Yes, You Can!   KEVIN KAPPLER, PH.D. AMPUTEE LIFECOACH As a fellow amputee, I know the psychological difficulties people face after losing a limb. I have helped people on the phone and texting for the last ten years as a Life Coach with these…
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RESOURCES COMMON QUESTIONS & CONCERNS What to Expect Once You Face an Amputation If your amputation was like mine no one talked to you about what to expect psychologically. If you start a conversation discussing your psychological apprehension it will briefly be acknowledged but quickly steered to physical therapy only. I was told by the…
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