Im thinking about contacting an area amputee support group, but dont know quite what to expect. How do these types of support groups work?
Many amputees find value from amputee support groups. There are more than 250 support groups throughout the US. What to expect from support groups is an understandable and reasonable question. Not all support groups are the same. But in general, all should exist to provide new, as well as long-time amputees, emotional support, helpful information and social activities. A group which only shares sad, depressing stories and complains probably won’t be very helpful to many amputees. Instead, look for a group that is upbeat and exhibits positive, encouraging interactions among members. The environment at support groups is often friendly, compassionate, accepting and very non-intimidating. Participation is commonly voluntary. You can be as active and involved as you feel comfortable. Some groups may do more social activities than others, but most have at least a few traditional meetings that convey helpful information to members. Topics of discussion may vary and could range from very priva