Feelings change over time, and finding ways for everyone to adjust and get back on an even keel can take a long time. It can be confusing, chaotic, and difficult at times to work out exactly what you are feeling. Relationships within the family may change. Sometimes people see a pattern in their lives, but often there just seems to be constant stress.
Often, the first reaction is shock and disbelief, particularly if the brain injury is sudden and obvious. On the other hand, a diagnosis of brain injury may be a step forward, if you have been concerned for some time about unexplained problems for your child. An explanation may help you to move on and focus on finding the best ways to address the problems.
Gradually, families adjust to what is happening, and become more aware of the implications and the effects on everyone’s lives. Some may search far and wide for a cure or a treatment, others rest their faith in the treatment team and concentrate their efforts on simply getting back on track.