“I think my parents are a little more protective or worried even then they were before,” says Carrie, a quadriplegic since the age of 20. The stress and anxiety that often accompanies any disabling injury or illness impacts all of a person’s relationships. However, for parents who are dealing with the disability of their child, it is understandable that it might send their protective instincts into overdrive. “They have more that they think they need to worry about,” she says, “but I’m no different than any other kid with problems that parents are going to worry about.” It might take some adjustment on both sides, but with time you can work on communicating to resolve any issues.
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