"Loss of an upper limb means renegotiating simple and complex tasks that make us occupational and social human beings."

“Amputation of an upper limb is a detrimental loss. Our hands are our tools with which we connect to the physical world. They clean and groom our bodies; they express our inner thoughts and feelings through sculpture, music, and art; they plant, harvest and prepare our food. Our hands serve and deliver that food to the nourishment of our needy bodies; they build, drive, and service our vehicles; they draw and construct the houses we occupy. Our hands are our connection with our closest loved ones through touch; they diaper, feed, and hold our children; they reach out in handshake to greet a new acquaintance or embrace an old friend. Our hands hold the rings that represent the most precious union of committed love. Loss of an upper limb means renegotiating simple and complex tasks that make us occupational and social human beings.”
Kathleen Yankosek, ABD, OTR/L, CHT

“Having the prostheses has been great. You learn all over again. Less than a year after my accident, I was doing everything. I went turkey hunting a month after my accident. I killed a deer the same year. I've built deer stands, I drive, I dress myself, everything. Nothing's as easy as it was with hands or as fast, but until I got prosthetics, I thought somebody would have to wait on me all the time. The most important thing to me is that I can still hold my little girls and to walk around and look down at them holding my hands has been very humbling. I know with all the research going on, prosthetics are only getting better. Living without hands, in my opinion, was impossible, but since I've gotten prostheses, anything is possible.”
Jason Koger, 33-year-old husband, father of 2, and hunter

“The day I received my functional prosthesis was one of the greatest days in my life. I started seeing all of the things that I could do again! Not having to use my teeth to open a bottle of water or anything else with a twist-off lid, opening a can of tomato soup, turning baseball bats on my lathe, building furniture and maybe one day returning to my career. The possibilities at that moment seemed endless as I felt a sense of being whole again. A prosthetic arm is not yet quite the same as what God gave me when I was born, but it provides a person with so many more things that you can do once you learn how to utilize this wonderful device. Another benefit that one receives unknowingly is a greater degree of acceptance in today’s society… Recently I was at a county political meeting wearing my prosthetic arm and silicone gloved hand and shocked everyone that I had an artificial limb. They could not tell and they felt very comfortable being around me. I guess it showed me how important it is for me to wear my prosthetic arm as it makes it easier for some people to deal with me.”
Thomas Hudspeth, 50-year-old family man, woodworker, and political activist