When I saw your subject title, I thought of 1979. All but one of us ended up in the hospital, multiple times. If bad things really do come in "threes", we knew when we got to four, more was in store.
You sound like you have the ability and determination to learn coping skills to move you forward. I believe attitude has a lot to do with how well we manage and cope with the unexpected things that arise in our lives.
My suggestion is to learn as much as you can about the things that affect your family. From personal experience, the school system might end up being your biggest challenge.
*Knit, rip*, repeat between the *s as many times as necessary.