Life as a New Amputee: Liz Zemke, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

Life as a New Amputee: Liz Zemke, San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital

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Amputation can be quite intimidating, and even scary, for a person facing limb loss. But while many things may require a new approach and some retraining, amputees often live a very full and active life. A key component to helping new amputees get from fear to flourishing is peer support.

On this episode of Continuum, we’re joined by Liz Zemke of San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital. Liz is an RN of 48 years and a below-the-knee amputee of 25 years. She serves as a certified peer visitor, helping new amputees as they prepare for and adjust to life as an amputee.

Liz shares some of the unique challenges a new amputee faces, offers information on resources and rehab programs designed specifically for new amputees, and explains the importance of connecting new amputees to their peers. A passionate advocate for amputees, Liz also speaks to some concerning statistics regarding the increasing number of new amputees.

Resources

Recently Amputated or Facing Amputation?
San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital
Amputee Coalition
Amputee Coalition Support Group Network

Amputee Coalition Peer Visitor Program
inMotion Magazine
Rick Allen's Story

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