Hello from a New Amputee
jon at webwings.net
Fri Jun 1 10:26:00 PDT 2001
I am so sorry you are having such a difficult time right now. My
husband, who is an above the knee amputee, forwarded your message from the
Amputee Information Network. I did a quick search on the 'net, and believe
that cosmetic restoration ( a cosmetic prosthesis) for your shoulder is
quite possible. Hangar Orthotics at www.hangar.com has an upper extremity
program, both for functional and cosmetic restoration. If you are not
working with a prosthetist right now, it would be a good idea to find one.
Where are you located? Is it possible that you could find an older woman,
perhaps a teacher, guidance counselor or someone from your church, to help
you learn to select clothes and makeup? Or, perhaps your area has a Big
Brothers and Sisters program where you could find a woman friend? I know
that men can be fairly clueless about matters such as clothes, makeup and
hair, so it's no wonder that your Dad is little help.
I too live in a very remote area - up in the mountains of northern
California, thirty miles from town. I do a lot of shopping for clothes
through catalogs and on the Internet. There is an amazing variety of
resources out there, so please stick with it.
You sound like a wonderful young woman with a lot of strength to get through
your difficulties. If I can be any help, please let me know.
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