Speaking with an amputee peer can play an important part in your preparation, recovery and rehabilitation from limb loss. In fact, speaking to someone who personally understands what it means to lose a limb can often be a great relief and provide you with the opportunity to share concerns and ask questions that only someone who has been through limb loss can answer.
The early stages of your recovery may be a time of uncertainty and doubt. Many amputees feel more comfortable discussing personal issues with someone who understands what they are going through, someone who has hard earned experience and can appreciate just how you feel.
The TAS Peer Support Program matches trained Volunteers with new amputees requesting support. Peer support can be beneficial in the following ways:
• Reduce the distress associated with amputation
• Assist you to negotiate the NDIS process
• Help alleviate fears
• Promote social inclusion