How to Cope When You Suffer a Serious Injury

How to manage an impairment
Here are some coping mechanisms if you suffer a long-term injury. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

There is nothing more harrowing than suffering a serious injury that leaves you, or a loved one, with life-long injuries. In the space of a moment, a person’s life is turned upside down, long-term injuries are sustained, and usually, it’s due to avoidable errors. This thought and the many that will follow can leave people searching for answers that are not there. While it will be impossible for another person to understand what you’re going through, and you may feel utterly alone, it’s important to remember that other people have made it through to a happier, more contented place on the other side – and so can you.

How to manage an impairment
Here are some coping mechanisms if you suffer a long-term injury. Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain.

Give Yourself Time

To suddenly lose an ability that you’ve had all your life is similar to losing a loved one. As such, people who acquire a disability often experience the same ‘stages of grief’ people go through when they are grieving (see them at You will be in denial, you’ll be angry, you’ll be depressed: but ultimately, you will accept. But you can’t rush this. It’ll take time to acquire the level of peace you need to move forward.

Looking to the Future

When you reach the acceptance stage, life won’t suddenly become all rosy. But it will be real, and when it’s real, you can start making plans for the future, how you’ll adapt to your new circumstances. If your accident was the fault of someone else, you could get closure on the incident that led to the injury, as well as financial compensation, from websites like With the ‘accident’ part behind you, you’ll be able to figure out the next stage of your life, adjusting your goals, dreams, and family life to your condition.

Make the Most of the Resources

Your friends and family will be on hand to give you all the support you need, but even with all the will in the world, they can only do so much. You’ll feel isolated and alone, thinking that nobody else understands what you’re going through. But there are many other people out there who will be suffering from the same thing you’re suffering from, and they’ll be able to offer guidance, advice, and support that nobody else can. Get involved in these communities: they will be invaluable on your march to living a fulfilling life.

Finding Your New Comfort Zones

Humans are adaptable, resilient creatures by design. You’re entering a new phase of your life, and it’ll involve learning new skills, new sources of happiness, and a new role within your household and the wider community. Be patient, and work hard: just because you’re disabled or otherwise impaired doesn’t mean you have nothing to offer.

Remember This

Take a look at History is littered with people who have overcome significant obstacles to achieve greatness. The true test of a character is not the setbacks they experience, but the way in which they respond to those setbacks. While at times thing will feel bleak, never forget that things can always improve if we apply ourselves.


  1. Nice article. Good information. Your personal experience? The only thing I would change would be to make the sub-headings within the piece smaller. At the moment, they are the same size as the headings, which makes it difficult when reading through several posts on the same page.
    Kindness – Robert. 🙂

  2. Christy, this is a very positive post to help with a very negative situation. What you say is true, and I know a few who have overcome their situation.
    For some reason ~ Terry Fox comes into my mind.

  3. I wish I had read this article a few years back when I was going through physical changes.
    I’ve improved tremendously but had no idea that it could be very similar to the stages of death. I used to tell my husband that I felt like I had lost a best friend. This is very uplifting. I believe it can help so many who go through changes during aging too. A well-written account, Christy, of how to cope. The url’s help too.
    Isadora 😎

  4. Thank you for your advices. I have a very rare kind of muscle desease and I’m loosing continuously mobility and power. Sometimes it is very hard for me to get along with this, especially at work. Sometimes I live through a kind of hell, despite trying to accept the illness and to deal with it.

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