The range of emotions parents feel in relation to having a disabled child can be confusing, paradoxical and change in response to their environment, often all in the same day. As one parent said ‘it’s a rollercoaster’.
I officially became a carer when my younger brother suffered his first episode of psychosis in December 2015 at the age of 22 but I didn’t know it at the time. We had no idea how long and turbulent a ride we were in for. Looking back, it was better that way.
I wonder what kind of recovery my grandmother could actually make if she allowed her self to share her horrific story, allowed herself to ask for better accommodations, and allowed the rest of us to care for her.