A welcoming place for family members and friends to be open about their relationships with amputees

Thank you all for being here. My name is Jamie and my husband Theo (he is also a member here) is currently enduring severe chronic pain due to a work related accident. He is facing the decision to either amputate his left leg below the knee or find a conjunction of pain relief by way of fusion, nerve blocks and meds. However, due to the continuing degenerative bone density, increasing arthritic condition and nerve/soft tissue damage, fusion no longer seem hopeful.

We are here because this is affecting our lives so quickly and so drastically. We are so thankful for finding Less Than Four.

It has been very difficult to be going through this and no matter how much love and support we are finding through each other, our friends, family and doctors, knowing that there is a community here that understands exactly what we may be going through first hand is so comforting. The support and inspiration we have found here in such a short amount of time has been positively overwhelming.

We are very thankful for having the ability to ask questions and find out real answers from others here who share in what we are facing.

After doing some basic exploring, I have found that, very similar to myself, there are people here who are not amputees but who are a relative, friend or significant other of someone who is.

I have also noticed that some are people who have, or are looking to devote themselves to helping, like physical therapists, prosthesis technicians, and disability counselors for special needs.

Some people even seem to be unsure about how to go about addressing others here, because they are not amputees themselves, and do not wish to make others here feel uncomfortable.

Theo and I felt that perhaps having an open and non-judgemental place for discussion would be beneficial to some people and families.

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