Coping with a New Disability

Whether it’s due to an accident, medical condition or illness, losing your mobility is likely to bring up many strong feelings. You might be shocked, frightened, angry or in a state of disbelief and denial.

Coping with a new disability can be difficult, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Whatever you may be feeling, it’s important that you give yourself time to adjust to your new situation. It’s also just as important to remember that support is available to help you face the challenges you’re experiencing.

Acceptance

Acceptance doesn’t mean giving up or giving in, it’s about accepting that your life has changed, and that you may not be able to move or walk as you once did. This is a big step and it’s likely to take some time. Don’t rush it.

Accepting this change will help you to choose how to move forward and invite new possibilities into your life.

Seek Support

Over 19% of men and 18% of women have a disability in Australia and there’s a whole industry of experts and health professionals out there whose job it is to support you through this.

Professional support is available through your hospital, GP and other health professionals. It’s likely you won’t take in all the information you’re given at first, so if you’re not sure where to get support, just ask. Counsellors and therapists have the professional skills to help you find solutions to the challenges you may be facing.

Friends and family are another source of support and for most people will be the first port of call for practical help. Remember, they’re likely to be going through a period of adjustment too and may take some time to get up to speed.

Connect with Others with a Disability

You may feel very alone right now, but many people have gone through what you’re going through now. They will have a better idea than most of the grief you’re experiencing and the social challenges you’re facing.

Support groups and online forums can provide you with support from other people facing similar situations. It’s best not to rely entirely on online support however, as there are real benefits associated with getting out and meeting people face-to-face.

Make Use of Aids & Assistance

Making use of whatever mobility aids and strategies are available is important to regaining your independence and quality of life. While you’re likely to feel self-conscious at first, take the time to try out different kinds of mobility aids to determine what suits you best. It makes life so much easier!

If you’d like to find out more about strategies to cope with a new disability, or you want to try out our extensive range of wheelchairs and mobility aids, drop into our showroom or contact Power Mobility on 07 3265 4663.