If your child is diagnosed with a chronic illness or disability, it is an enormously stressful time. Coping is an ongoing process. Everybody copes in a different way - there is no right or wrong way. Seek support when you need it.
Following a traumatic event, it is normal for children, teenagers and adults to have strong feelings, reactions, and changes in behaviour. Children learn from their parents’ responses, as well as what they see and hear in the media
Whenever you receive news that your child has special needs – whether it’s during pregnancy, after birth, during the infant years or later – it can be distressing and can lead you and your family to experience a range of emotions. Remember, there are services to help when you want or need help.
The responses of individuals within a family when there is a diagnosis of cancer can cover a wide range of emotions; can vary in intensity and duration and can occur and recur unexpectedly. You and your family should know you are not alone and that support is available.