There is a subject that impacts everybody living with an amputation at some point in their life. Despite the broad interest, the topic remains somewhat taboo. When I'm talking with a new amputee, questions pertaining to this issue are often hushed and muttered with an embarrassed undertone. I remember what it was like to have these questions and not having anybody to ask so many times I will bring up the subject during a conversation to minimize the discomfort of asking.
I'm talking about sex. Losing a limb often results in body image
issues. I remember feeling uncomfortable after my amputation. Although
my mind told me that I was the same person, just minus a leg, I
struggled accepting my new shape. Everything felt foreign, from how I
looked in the mirror to my balance and equilibrium. I found finding
intimacy difficult when I felt so self-conscious and different!
many amputees experience these emotions and struggles when resuming
their relationships, there is little information available on the topic
of sexual well-being. My friend Dave who writes a blog of his own and I
have decided to bring to bring the struggles out of the bedroom. We have
recorded our second podcast, with the topic dedicated to intimacy
post-amputation. I hope you enjoy our special Valentine's Day edition of