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in San Bernardino; Braswell's Rehabilitation Hospital in Redlands; Arrowhead Regional Medical Center; and Corona Rehabilitation Hospital," he said. "We have a new brochure program in place at some hospitals and it's working. We're getting peer calls from individuals." Cindi's emotional call came in late May. Sunday at Redlands Lee Belts
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was thinking I shouldn't be home, maybe I should go back to the hospital," said Cindi, who now has an elevator in the 2 story Banning home she shares with her husband. But Cindi found the nonprofit support group online, the Amputee Connection of Redlands, and told whoever saw her e mail that she needed someone to talk to, someone to listen. Her cry for help was answered. Bill Nessel, 68, arrived at her door the next afternoon. "When he came here, I cried he drove himself, opened his own door," said Cindi, who is frustrated because she needs her husband to help her with most things. "You can do it," Bill had told her. "When he left, I had the biggest smile on my face," Cindi said. She had needed to see how another Gucci Belt For Men Gold amputee coped. Bill, who is the spokesman for the Amputee Connection of Redlands, said Cindi made his day. "That's what our visitor program is all about," he said. In the Peer Visitors Program, amputees are trained and certified by the Amputee Coalition of America to help counsel other amputees having a difficult time adjusting to their life changing situation. According to Bill, when peer visitors become "certified" by the Amputee Coalition of America, they have the strength of the national organization and local support groups at their disposal. Now the group needs to get word to the people who need them. "It's the best kept secret in the whole valley that we have this peer/support group for amputees," said Bill, who lost his right leg above the knee eight years ago because of a blood clot. "Here's how the Peer Visitors program should work: The hospital should tell the patient of our existence that there is a peer group in the area and would they like a visit." Peers, in conjunction with the Amputee Connection support group, need to listen and hear the person's concerns and answer their questions. "And we need to listen," said Bill, who lives in Grand Terrace with his wife, Jolene. There are 16 peers in the Redlands/Riverside/Corona area, but only three are active, according to Bill. "The criteria for a certified peer visitor are they have to be comfortable with their own amputation; they've got to want to reach out to others; and they have to pass an 8 hour certified course given by the Amputee Coalition of America." His fellow Amputee Connection certified peer visitors are Bert Horton and Brenda Maroney. Bill estimates he has talked to 300 people as a peer visitor and has traveled to Fontana, Redlands, Banning, the mountains and Riverside County. "Hospitals in the area who call us are Loma Linda University Medical Center East Campus; Ballard Rehabilitation Hospital Lv White Belt
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