The path to recovery is a long, tough road but it is possible through rehabilitation. Many issues must be dealt with the person must have an understanding of the problems. The minimal understanding of changes in circumstance and self start with understanding that they are disabled and not just sick and they might not get well is the typical sense. And then there is the feeling of frustration of the time necessary to recover as well as the work that it will take.
Some signs of increased understand are answering their own question of “Why me?” “I don’t deserve it” becomes anger or “I must deserve it” becomes depression. As they move past this point, which is inevitable, these feelings are not always destructive if he can move past it. Accepting problems is the next step where the disability begins to be accepted and understand the need for therapy. New options in life style will be explored as the self-conscious idea fades and the willingness to share relearned or new skills. “My disabilities are a fact” and work must be done around them or with them is part of accepting the challenges of the permanent disability. The person will leave some parts of the past behind and start new things.