Welcome to the online home of the Chicago Area Amputees
Now in its 4th year, Chicago Area Amputees serves those in the north and NW Chicago metro area affected by amputation or limb difference. Our members receive support and offer it to others, connect with available resources, and develop unique relationships with people whose lives have been touched by amputation or limb difference.
“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”- James Baldwin
Support group meetings are very casual and open. Attendees are encouraged and welcome to participate in all discussions. We always laugh, rarely shed a tear, and always leave feeling better than when we arrived. Our goal is to provide an environment where everyone feels safe and comfortable expressing themselves and talking about whatever is on their mind. Meeting participants learn to heal and grow by sharing their experiences and asking and answering questions. Guest presenters occasionally join us to teach us or tell us about services or products that they offer, or to discuss other issues that might be of interest to group members.
Looking for a group that meets further north? Then you might want to know about On This Leg, a new support group whose members come from areas near the Wisconsin-Illinois state line, from northern Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois and Walworth, Racine, Kenosha, Rock and Milwaukee counties in Wisconsin. Meetings are held in Paddock Lake, WI, about 10 minutes north of Antioch, IL. Please see OnThisLeg.org for more info, and for a calendar and map to the meetings.
Our members include amputees, spouses, family members and friends. We are: individuals who lost a limb in childhood accidents; 20-, 30-, 40- and 50-year-olds who became amputees after motorcycle or auto accidents; men and women of various ages who lost a limb as a result of diabetes, peripheral artery disease or other illnesses; and some born with birth defects or limb-length discrepancies. We are new amputees, long-time amputees, amputees going through second or third amputations or revisions, and those contemplating amputation. Some of us have lingering problems while others appear to have none. We are professionals, lawyers, blue collar workers, healthcare providers, clerks, supervisors, retirees. Our members participate in sports, church, clubs, and other social activities. Amputation is a part of us, but does not define us. We are like you.
“Hard things are put in our way, not to stop us, but to call out our courage and strength.”-Unknown
If you are reading this, then you are most likely looking for help or information for yourself or someone you know. We invite you to come to a meeting and meet the group’s members, hear our discussions and get to know us a bit, and then decide whether we are the resource you had hoped to find. Please take time to review the pages on this site for the schedule of upcoming meetings, more information about us, notes about meetings and events, and general resources. If you need further information, please contact us.
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In the Resources Section:
• Info for the new amputee
• Where to get help
• Local businesses and professionals providing services to the amputee
Looking for legal assistance or advice? Contact group member L. Bradley Schwartz. He is a fellow amputee who knows what it’s all about!
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