Cutting Off My Arm To Live A Better Life

“I want to cut my arm off to live a better life.” This is a real true to life statement and question I have been asked by other people. Blog #34 of my “40 Blogs in 40 Days about 40 Podcasts” gives an answer to this question. This is not something I get approached about often in my life. But it has happened five times. Five separate people have all come up to me and wanted to talk about living life with one hand. When I recorded the podcast my recent conversation had just happened that day. However, as I write this blog a few months have since passed since I spoke to that person. It happed in a local hospital while I was there eating breakfast. I work nearby and often go there for food and coffee. My timing was good as this person had said I was in the right place at the right time to answer his questions. He was in the hospital for different reasons. 

Over the course of my life I have been approached by many people asking a certain type of question. Normally when someone asks me, “Can I ask you a question?” I have a general idea of what it is. Most people are creating an opening to ask about why I have one hand. But that is not always the case. People can be surprising and sometimes they ask the funniest, bizarre, and most profoundly deep questions. On very rare occasions the questions goes to a fascinating yet slightly morbid place. The first time some asked me about the quality of life I have with one hand because they wanted to get their arm or hand amputated took me by surprise. Once I saw who they were and how sincere and somewhat afraid they were to ask the question I settled, opened my hear, and answered all their questions honestly and to the best of my ability.

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The contemplation to the question is if amputating a permanently painful hand or arm will increase the quality of life.

This question has only been asked of me 5 times in my entire life. Each time it was truly genuine and candidly asked regardless of any fear on their part. I guess if you are going to ask advice you should ask an expert. I have lived my entire life with one hand and rather enjoy the way that I am. Therefore, I am a good person to ask this specific question. Yet I have let these people know I was born like this. I have always I had one hand and do not know anything different. I know nothing about having both arms or hands and then losing one. All I can do is share my one-handed experience with them and reply with authentic honesty. 

To hear the stories of the people who need to ask this question and about the quality of a one-handed life I invite you to click on the link and enjoy my One Hand Speaks Storytelling Podcast Episode OHS023.

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