I want to talk about trust and being an amputee. You have to learn to trust yourself, if not; you more than likely will be stuck in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. Why? Because confidence is a result of trust. You have to trust yourself that you can use that prosthesis to walk. Then after walking that first step, you gain confidence by doing it again. So trust and confidence go hand in hand in living a full life. Without trusting yourself, you would never try to push yourself and be living in a state of fear. Also when you trust yourself, you gain a level of autonomy, freedom, and harmony that you may not have reached any other way.
Another part of in the equation is trusting your doctor, surgeon, etc. You have to have trust in your doctor and know that he has your best interest at heart. This kind of trust was the hardest thing for me to learn. I was always bad to second guess the doctor and Google my condition. I found out that you may have to try different doctors in order to find the right doctor. And when you do, you have to develop a relationship with your doctor. By this I mean you have to be able to talk candidly and trust the doctor’s diagnosis. If you don’t have trust in what the doctor tells you, you more than likely will not follow the doctor’s orders. How do you gain trust? You gain trust by earning respect. Trust in yourself and in your doctors and you will earn their respect. You will also start trusting yourself.