Learning that your child has congenital heart disease is a traumatic event that can cause emotional, physical, and spiritual reactions or distress.
It is normal to have a variety of reactions and every parent is different. While some parents have many intense feelings immediately, others have few emotions at all. You may find that your feelings frequently change, or you may notice little change in your normal feelings.
It’s important to be kind and patient with yourself as you experience strong feelings or reactions after the sudden and unexpected news of a CHD diagnosis.
Give yourself time to process your reactions. When you are ready, your care team and others can help. There are many resources and tools available to support you through the uncertainty and challenges ahead.