Understanding emotions. Everything is normal.

Spinal Cord Injury results in many losses: loss of function, independence, future plans and hopes. This may result in all the typical responses to loss such as shock, anger, denial, feelings of unreality, sadness, fear and grief.

You may experience some or all of these emotions or you may have a delayed reaction, appearing to cope well at first and then being overwhelmed by emotions as rehabilitation progresses and the effects of the injury become a reality.

Some people also experience self-blame, guilt or rage relating to the cause of the injury and, for some, previous losses come back to complicate things. These reactions do not have a time scale. You also may not experience all or any of these emotions. Everything is normal.