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Special Needs

 

Lessons From a Remarkable Caregiver

Few of us can imagine what it would be like to care for a loved one with severe disabilities around the clock, every day—for decades. But Jamie Travis can.

Jamie is mother — and full-time caregiver — to Christy, a 35-year-old woman who was born with severe disabilities. Her intellectual and physical development is similar to that of a 6-month-old. Christy has always lived at home, and Jamie wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Finding His Place

Andy was a young man apart. For years, his mild intellectual disability, mood swings and obesity kept him from making friends or applying for jobs — and eroded his self-confidence. By the time he was 25, he weighed nearly 350 pounds.

Most days, Andy stayed close to home, where he lived with his mother. But he was often alone. Andy’s mother worked two jobs but still struggled financially. She had little time or interest in supporting Andy’s health or emotional development.

Case managers encourage healthier lifestyle

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