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Q&A: How did family members respond to the news?

Family Responses After a Spinal Cord Injury
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Q: How did family members respond to the news?

A spinal cord injury affects the whole family; at first, most people report feeling shock or are in denial. Then, many feel compelled to action, rushing to the hospital to help care for their newly injured family member, while others withdraw or avoid contact, distracting themselves with work, school or household chores.

We asked 100 men and women how their families responded to the news of their injuries.  In the videos below, individuals shared how they initially dealt with the injury.