A support group at the Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital in Mesa offers encouragement and community to a special group of patients.

Everyone here is an amputee, learning to adjust to life without a limb.

"We try to encourage them to... never feel like there's something they can't do," said organizer Lise Lindsay. "It's just a matter of finding a different way to do it."

The Lively Limbs support group was created by Lindsay 16 years ago as a way to help amputees cope with the physical and emotional stress of losing an arm or leg.


The certified prosthetist said that getting patients together to share similar stories and offer advice can make all the difference in keeping amputees from becoming depressed.

"There's a gentleman that stayed home and didn't do anything for 11 years," said Lindsay. "He finally got the nerve to come to the group, and it completely changed his life. He realized he has a lot to live for. There are a lot of things that he can do."

Over the years, Lindsay and her Lively Limbs program have helped hundreds of Valley amputees get back on their new feet, and that hasn't gone unnoticed among patients.

Recent amputee Jim Clark reached out to CBS-5 to Pay It Forward to Lindsay, and thank her for what she's doing.

"I have seen the Pay It Forward portion of your broadcast and said, this would be something Lise would really deserve."

A CBS-5 news crew stopped by a meeting this week to watch Clark surprise Lindsay with $500.

"Throughout those 16 years, there's been one rock-solid person who has held this group together," said Clark. "She's also spent her own time and hundreds of hours on behalf of the Lively Limbs Organization. On behalf of Channel 5, we'd like to Pay It Forward to you."

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