Amputees Encouraged Not To Lose Hope

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Persons affected by an amputation have been urged not to lose hope.

This word of encouragement came from Acting Director of the National Disabilities Unit, (NDU) Sonia Hamblin, as she addressed a workshop entitled: Inclusion Matters: Amputee Awareness and Empowerment, on Thursday at the Horatio Cooke Auditorium, at the National Union of Public Workers.

Ms. Hamblin told the participants to still strive to continue to live a normal life after they have been affected by an amputation.

???Sometimes life welcomes us with pain and suffering and challenges??? We know you face a number of challenges after losing a limb??? but we welcome you to this workshop with renewed hope, so we can help you to make adjustments as it relates to living a full life with an amputation???.And though it is difficult, you must know that your life is not over,??? she stated.

Facilitator of the workshop and intern at the NDU, Jalisa Robinson, said that it was designed to help participants make wise decisions as it relates to healthy living and nutrition after an amputation.

She explained that the Unit thought it was essential for participants to learn about the psychological effects an amputation may have on them, and how to make better food choices. Thirty persons from the Barbados Amputee and Enabling Society and the NDU participated in the workshop.

aisha.reid@barbados.gov.bb

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