There are a variety of books available, many of them written by amputees which are sure to inspire with their amazing stories of strength and courage. Others can offer advice on a range of subjects and activities for amputees. Here are just a few of the titles available.
BOOKS FOR ADULTS
FINDING YOUR FEET BY COR HUTTON
Fighting for my life and losing my limbs wasn’t really in my plans for the future, strangely enough! So, when it happened, I had to find the will to live, the motivation to learn everything again and the strength to carve out a life for myself, when it seemed impossible.
Giving up would have been far easier and was an option I frequently considered.
Finding Your Feet looks back at the hurdles and trials I faced, the people and characters that gave me the tools to fight and tells my story in their words.
Sometimes traumatic, sometimes emotional but never without the therapy of a big smile and some banter, I now know that, with a bit of effort, you really CAN do anything. There’s NO magic wand. Buy your copy here.
LIFE AND LIMB BY JAMIE ANDREW
Jamie Andrew’s survival and rescue after five nights trapped by a ferocious storm in 1999 has passed into Alpine legend. It was a miracle that he survived; but Jamie had to come to terms not only with the death of his close friend, Jamie Fisher, who died beside him – but also with the loss of all his limbs to frostbite. Since the accident, Jamie has struggled painfully and successfully to overcome his disabilities; not only has he learnt to walk (and run) on his prosthetic legs, but also to ski, snowboard, paraglide – and even take up his beloved mountaineering again. Get your copy here.
LIMB LOSS LIFE BY JEFFREY A MANGUS
Amputations are global and hundred of thousands happen every single day. But, what happens after an amputation and how a person adjusts to their new life as an amputee is still quite a mystery. Limb Loss Life tells the hard truth about living as a new amputee. This book is a no-holds-barred non-sugar coated depiction of life and how to live it as a limb loss person. An eye-opening view, directly from a person who is living with limb loss, the information is direct, straightforward and down to the nitty gritty on what you need to know to live a healthy, and bountiful life as an amputee. This is the sole reason for this book.
If you feel you would like to have the advice and wisdom from someone going through exactly what you are then get ready to join countless others on learning about the journey during your season of amputation. Experience the best and learn about the worse case scenarios with your limb loss. Limb Loss Life will shed much-needed light and help you through the dark forest to reach a bigger and brighter day as a new amputee. Buy it here.
MAN DOWN BY MARK ORMROD
Mark Ormrod was a ‘gravel belly’, a ‘bootneck’ marine who loved being in the heart of the action when things kicked off, and he relished the prospect of a tour of duty in Afghanistan. And then the unthinkable happened.
In one heartstopping moment Mark’s life was brutally shattered when a landmine tore off both his legs and his right arm. The catastrophic injuries he sustained and the shocking truth behind the doctors’ battle to save him are all described in graphic detail in this remarkable memoir. So too is the story of how, on the brink of despair, Mark began the greatest battle of his life – to walk again and, using state-of-the-art ‘bionic’ legs, to stand shoulder to shoulder with his comrades to receive his campaign medal. It was a battle he had to win if he was to rebuild his life.
Told with brutal honesty, Man Down is a moving, action-packed account of courage and comradeship, of life on the frontline and the terrible legacy of war. It is a story of true grit you will never forget. Pick up your copy here.
STUMPS & CRANKS BY SONIA SANGHANI
Many amputees want to know how it feels to be able to cycle, and some even want to be professional amputee cyclists. The disability market offers many options for amputee cycling. This book shows you how to get started and take those exciting first steps on your way to a higher level of mobility and independence. The contributions in this collection are written by some of the best-known amputee cyclists in the world, including Margaret Biggs, Rajesh Durbal, Mark Inglis, and Keira Roche. Their achievements are nothing short of remarkablewhether cycling around a velodrome at the Paralympics or around the world raising funds for charity. This guide offers great advice from experts and ordinary cyclists alike for arm, leg, combination, and all matters of amputee cycling. The book includes tips not only on the vast arrangement of two wheelers, but also tricycles, recumbents, handbikes, tandems, unicycles, electric bikes, and more specialized cycling forms designed for the disability market. The book offers practical tips and stories, imagery, photographs, and much more to help you or a loved one firmly connect with cycling as an activity that can be done despite a disability. Buy it here.
YOGA FOR AMPUTEES BY MARSHA THERESE DANZIG
Yoga offers amputees the flexibility, strength and stamina they are seeking, while also providing
emotional, mental and spiritual well-being to help amputees of all levels thrive in life. Featuring
step by step poses modeled by fellow amputees, with detailed adaptations for leg and arm
amputees, as well as yoga tools specific to amputee challenges, such as yoga for phantom pain,
Yoga for Amputees is a comprehensive guide for both amputees and the people who work with
them. A must for any amputee wanting to reclaim their health and wellness after limb loss.Yes you can practice yoga as an amputee! This book will show you how. Pick up a copy here.
BORN JUST RIGHT BY JORDAN REEVES
When Jordan Reeves was born without the bottom half of her left arm, the doctors reassured her parents that she was “born just right.” And she has been proving that doctor right ever since!
With candor, humor, and heart, Jordan’s mother, Jen Lee Reeves, helps Jordan tell her story about growing up in an able-bodied world and family, where she was treated like all of her siblings and classmates–and where she never felt limited. Whether it was changing people’s minds about her capabilities, trying all kinds of sports, or mentoring other kids, Jordan has channeled any negativity into a positive, and is determined to create more innovations for people just like her.
Her most famous invention, aptly called Project Unicorn, is a special prosthetic (that shoots glitter!) made with the help of a 3-D printer. A real-life superhero, Jordan is changing the world with her foundation, Born Just Right, which advocates and celebrates kids with differences, and helps them live their best possible life–just like Jordan is today! Buy your copy here.
LET ME PUT MY LEGS ON BY KENZIE-LE TURLEY
Despite his disability a young boy shows everyone that he is more than capable of doing anything anyone else can do, once he has his legs on! You can buy a copy here.
I CAN STILL DO EVERYTHING WITH ONE ARM BY KATIE LAUREL WELLS
This is a true story about overcoming obstacles and life with one arm. This book is dedicated to all those with disabilities who have constantly been told they can’t, only to realize they can. Buy it here.