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10 Reasons Why It’s Great To Be An Amputee

10. Your missing limb is a great conversation starter. You may not always be part of the conversation, though, because it may happen behind your back (“OMG, what do you think happened to that girl over there?”). But hey, you can take one for the team.

9. You will never again have to have a boring Halloween costume. There are so many possibilities! It’s a good opportunity to be creative and have fun.

8. Speaking of creativity, being an amputee helps fuel it. Nothing is impossible. Sometimes you just have to find different ways to accomplish a difficult task. Most amputees have found creative ways to put on shoes, boots, pants, etc.

7. Who hates to shave? I do, and less of a leg means less time spent shaving and more time being creative. Yep, always trying to be more efficient.

6. Your toes or fingers never get cold—because you don’t have them!

5. And speaking of not having toes, you can’t stub them or have them stepped on. I’ve never had toes, so I guess I’ll never feel your pain. Sorry, guys!

4. You’ll never regret a bad tattoo. Well, at least for one part of your body. Prosthetic covers come in a variety of colors and designs, so you can change your look almost at will.

3. Also, with the trend toward personalized custom prosthetic covers, the possibilities to be original are endless.

2. You realize the importance of knowing yourself—internally and externally. Once I ate soup late at night and then couldn’t put my leg on the next day. Whoa! That’s how I learned foods that are high in sodium make you expand. Your limb health is a microcosm for your body’s overall health. It’s kind of neat to have that way to measure and take note of yourself.

And the number 1 reason being an amputee is so great…

1. You learn to understand differences on a global scale. Amputation doesn’t discriminate based on race, gender, or age. No amputation level is exactly the same as anyone else’s, so you learn to find solidarity with people, even fellow amputees, in other ways.

— WORDS Tanya Khvitsko