SPRINGFIELD – To bring awareness to those who have lost a limb or have limb differences, State Senator Karina Villa passed a resolution declaring April 2023 as Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month in Illinois.
“Two million Americans are living with limb loss or difference, and they are more likely to suffer depression and anxiety, have higher costs of health care or have trouble with day-to-day tasks,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “We should be conscious and attentive to those who have this condition and support them as they adjust to life after an amputation.”
Senate Resolution 108 brings mindfulness to those who are living with limb loss and limb difference. Approximately 2.1 million Americans are living with limb loss and difference, and around 1,000 children are born every year in the U.S. with congenital limb differences. Those who lose a limb or have a limb difference — including veterans and those with diabetes, cancer or a peripheral vascular disease — not only have a physical result, but an emotional one as well. Around 30% of people with limb loss experience depression and/or anxiety.
Senate Resolution 108 passed the Senate on Thursday, April 27, and April 2023 will be officially recognized as Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month in Illinois.