How should I deal with people who stare at me or ask me questions about my missing limb?

First of all, remember that most people (including yourself) will look a second or third time at any person who looks “different” for any reason. The additional glance is usually one of curiosity, not of pity or “making fun of.” The same motive exists for people who question you about your amputation or prosthesis; generally, they are just curious. Provide honest answers about why you lost your limb and people will learn from you. You are the expert with something to share! As you offer explanations and answers, both friends and strangers will adapt more quickly to your changes and feel more at ease around you.