It may not be clear in the early stages what impacts traumatic brain injury has had, and it can be difficult to predict how much a child will recover and how quickly.
Claim your place, and your child’s place, as part of your local community and focus on your commonalities, rather than your differences, with other families.
At times the emotional challenges can seem overwhelming. Grief, in some shape or form, may take time to accept. Parents can feel they’ve lost their privacy and sense of control, and that everyone has ‘good advice’ and knows best. You may feel isolated and ‘different’ from other families, or that there is no one there to help.
But many parents also say that this life-changing event has also helped them realise what’s really important and to value what they do have. Many families find that linking up with others in a similar situation provides great support.
Alongside the challenges, lots of good things happen too. By and large, families with a child with a brain injury are able to adjust well and enjoy life.