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35. Physical Therapy is not a Jail Sentence

Physical therapy can return your level of functioning What about physical therapy can return your level of functioning? Amputation has several phases. If you don’t use the time till your surgery wisely, you miss having a team of specialists ready when you need them. There is no time to prepare if you are involved in…
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27. Reducing Your Significant Other’s PTSD

Reducing Your Significant Other’s PTSD Reducing your significant other’s PTSD is often overlooked. . There are many ways to describe the stress and emotional pain that people go through being a caretaker. Physicians call it the caretakers’ syndrome, although it is not a medical disorder. It has other names like post-traumatic stress disorder, caretakers stress…
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7. Breakthrough In Phantom Limb Pain

Breakthrough in Phantom Limb Pain Breakthrough in Phantom Limb Pain started when it was first recorded some 400 years ago by French surgeon Ambroise Paré. At that time, he operated on wounded soldiers, many of whom complained of a mysterious pain in amputated limbs. Despite its long history, phantom limb pain remains poorly understood. There…
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27. How to Find the Best Prosthetist

27. How to find the best Prosthetist      How to find the best Prosthetist is important because you are going to be under their care for the rest of your life. Amputations cannot be reversed, but you have control of your relationship with your Prosthetist. Choosing a Prosthetist is more than just getting a…
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26. Stop Feeling Part of You is Missing

Stop Feeling Something is Missing Stop Feeling Part of You is Missing says your significant other. Your prosthesis says Stop Feeling Part of You is Missing. Amputees all face this even after they have felt they are back to doing almost everything they did before their amputation. That feeling of loss can erupt suddenly for…
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11. How to Reduce Amputee Depression

11. How to Reduce Amputee Depression This is advice from one amputee to another. How to reduce amputee depression. These are practical tips divided into physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual aspects of depression. Here is how to reduce amputee depression.  Depression is anger turned inward. Here are some ways to deal with this emotion. You…
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21. Start Enjoying Valentine’s Day

21. Start Enjoying Valentine’s Day   Start enjoying Valentine’s day by getting the courage to date and reconsidering falling in love is on everyone’s mind. Let’s exclude a dozen roses, chocolates, and a hallmark card crew that have the holiday all covered, or so they think. Being an amputee may make it harder to enjoy…
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Ending Cripple Thinking

28. Ending Cripple Thinking

28. Ending Cripple Thinking   “One Thing You Can’t Hide Is When You’re Crippled Inside” John Lennon Its time for ending cripple thinking. It has been almost three years since my below-knee amputation. I am looking out for ways that I can lead my life more like a normal person. While I was waiting for…
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5. The Agony of Being Misdiagnosed Bipolar

5. The Agony of Being Misdiagnosed Bipolar It is very clear what the agony of being misdiagnosed bipolar after your amputation is. So many amputees have such intense feelings after their amputations that they could be misdiagnosed as manic depression. Current psychiatric research has found that sixty-nine percent of patients are misdiagnosed with Manic Depression…
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24. You Can Stop a Panic Attack After an Amputation

You Can Stop a Panic Attack After an Amputation You can stop a panic attack after an amputation. You feel like you are having a heart attack. You wake up in a hospital bed,  not want to look at what is missing, but more importantly, you may not have had time to prepare for an…
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13. On the Joy of Walking Again

On The Joy of Walking Again On the Joy of walking again means the goal of any amputation recovery is to get back on your feet. 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,…
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20. Make Your Bodily Consciousness Grow a New Leg

20. 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. Make your Bodily Consciousness grow a new leg is the title of this article. The point of this article is that if you wear your prosthesis long enough, your consciousness…
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amputation without regret

29. Amputation Without Regret

Amputation Without Regret Is an amputation without regret even possible? How to have 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 psychological impact of amputation will be your…
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Is PTSD inevitable after an amputation

32. Is PTSD Inevitable After an Amputation?

3. Is PTSD Inevitable after an Amputation? Is PTSD is inevitable after an operation? 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…
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resolving anger about your amputation

14. Resolving Amputation Anger

13. Resolving  Amputation Anger Here is a good example of resolving amputation anger. There is really a band calling themselves the “Angry Amputees” and have a Facebook page. Daly, 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…
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4. Growing Old Gracefully with Your Amputation

4. Growing 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 how to grow old gracefully with your amputation. Ever notice you never hear anyone talk to you about amputations and aging? Though we don’t…
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Self-quarantine one leg at a time

16. Self-quarantine One Leg at a Time

Self-quarantine One Leg at a Time   Self-quarantine one leg at a time is now a reality. We are at the beginning of what promises to be a long, pandemic summer. Coronavirus cases are still climbing in nineteen states.  Second, wearing a mask self-quarantining is one of the few ways we have of protecting ourselves…
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Top advancements in prostheses in 2020

15. Top Advancements in Prostheses in 2020

15. Top Advancements in Prostheses in 2020 Consciously controlled limbs 3D printing See-through designs Bionic arms Nerve detectors Top Advancements in Prostheses in 2020    
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Journaling improves amputee recovery

10. 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 Amputation Phantom Pain - Amputee.Coach https://amputee.coach/amputation-issues/problem-solving-after-your-amput... Beating phantom pain means understanding its causes and treatments that work. ThBeating phantom pain If phantom pain had a face

8. Beating Amputation Phantom Pain

8. Beating Amputation Phantom Pain Ask any amputee who has tried beating phantom pain. Their goal is beating amputation phantom pain. You know phantom pain when you feel it. It comes from where your limb used to be. The sensation starts as 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

17. Unlocking the Secrets of Being an Amputee Spouse

Unlocking the Secrets of Being an Amputee Spouse   Unlocking the Secrets of Being an Amputee Spouse was a hard book to write because it grew from experiences that were intense feelings. For some time now I have felt a gentle nudge from the universe to write a book about our experience when my husband suffered…
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Beware Your Amputation Can Become a Major Depression

30. Beware Your Amputation Can Become a Major Depression

Beware Your Amputation Can Become a Major Depression Dealing With Your Feelings Many people never see their recovery from their amputation stall. Beware your amputation can become 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 they…
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15 Amputation Analytics That May Inspire You

      There is at least 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…
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reducing amputee stress

18. Reducing Amputee Stress

18. Reducing Amputee Stress Stress is what you feel when you can’t get out of a negative situation. Reducing amputee stress is a major problem.  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…
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Six steps to having a full and active recovery.

6 Steps to Having a Full and Active Recovery

6 Steps to Having a Full and Active Recovery There are 6 steps to having a full and active recovery. After many souls 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…
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25. Amputee Skills Defeat Pandemic Fatigue Syndrome

Amputee Skills Defeat Pandemic Fatigue Syndrome Amputee skills defeat 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…
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Taking charge of Post-Amputation Depression

2. Taking Charge of Post-Amputation Depression

Taking Charge of 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 work…
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Assessing Amputation Depression

12. Assessing Amputation Depression

Assessing Amputation Depression Assessing amputation depression is not hard. You are recovering from 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…
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Stopping amputee self-sabotage

19. Stopping Amputee Self-Sabotage

Stopping Amputee Self-Sabotage Stopping amputee self-sabotage is something all amputees must face. Recognizing what triggers the 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,…
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22. Fall Prevention Enables You

What is Fall Prevention? you ask. Fall Prevention enables You/ 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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Ending Amputee Helplessness

31. Ending Amputee Helplessness

Ending Amputee Helplessness Ending amputee helplessness sounds easy but you must understand what causes it and how to stop it in its tracts. Every amputee must face feelings of helplessness at some point in their recovery. For amputees who wake in the ER after a car wreck, it may be 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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3. Seizing Control of Amputation Anxiety

Seizing Control of Amputation Anxiety What Causes Amputation Anxiety Sixty-four percent of recent amputees suffer from anxiety. Many of them find they are overwhelmed by that fear. However, there are some specific triggers that the newly amputated face that is unique. This empowers you to seize control of amputation anxiety. Feelings of shock, anger, frustration,…
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20. Using Your Amputee Skills to Cope with the Pandemic

Using your Amputee Skills to Cope with the Pandemic You have been in a precautious state long enough to know you are 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…
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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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28. Amputees Skills Help Deal with a Pandemic

28. Amputees Skills Help Deal with a Pandemic Amputees skills help 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 out of their control. They can no longer go to work and don’t have a clear idea when…
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23. Why Do You Call Yourself Disabled?

Why Do You Call Yourself Disabled? Why Do You Call Yourself Disabled? The real question is why do you call yourself disabled? 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…
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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 form 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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9. Amputation Essential Checklist

9. Amputation Essential Checklist

9. Amputation Essential Checklist   Amputation Essential Checklist Amputation Essential Checklist is a must-follow. You are facing an amputation. Here is an Amputation Essential 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 has become critical…
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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

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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