Director of Family Support and PTSD Services for the nonprofit, Ryan’s Case for Smiles, Katie Holcomb, knows the importance of caregivers and siblings for young people with chronic illness/disability and how to best serve this bond professionally and personally. The nonprofit is inspired by her late brother, Ryan, who passed away at 17 from osteosarcoma, and Katie’s passion to have initiatives and sibling programs to help families cope when loved ones struggle with health issues is deeply impactful.
Here’s the Four Hot Takeaways:
At 3:25, Katie does a Rapid-Fire Round on what’ the deep meaning being RCFS’s pillowcase and her favorite design, guilty pleasure to unwind from a long day and why she’d want to learn some piano skills. Give their empowering POVs at 14:22 as Dominique and Katie share the major struggles siblings can face, how we can provide outlets of support for them and tops to make sure there’s no “struggle ranking” but rather the nudge of intentional fun times between siblings. STORY TIME Intermission at 29:32 gets the laughs going as Katie describes a sibling day at Hershey Park with her brother, Ryan, and how his prosthetic leg and rented wheelchair made for a fun, memorable day at the candy-themed amusement park. And final segment at 36:36 reveals all the advice for caregivers to fuel independence while playing a major role in your young adult’s life, how to strengthen your communication to add some grace, the value of mutual apologies and why caregivers deserve some self-care and Dominique’s three types of support beams each caregiver should have in their lives.
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