Caring for a loved one who has been diagnosed with a chronic physical or mental illness has an impact upon the entire family. Siblings of individuals with a chronic illness face the challenges of coping with the diagnosis, understanding the illness and what it means for their siblings, and adjusting their daily routine according to the new needs of their siblings. Thus, they often may feel that their needs are less important and they sometimes find themselves facing emotions of confusion, fear jealousy, anxiety, helplessness and anger.
The Bus Stop Club provides sessions that allow siblings to share experiences, to ask questions and to learn about the disease process that their brother or sister is experiencing.
Any child, age 5-15, living in the Capital Region area of Upstate New York, who has a sibling suffering from a chronic illness or disability, is eligible to participate. The program is FREE OF CHARGE and registration is required by each member prior to attending our meetings. Click Become a Member to complete a Bus Stop Club Membership Application. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to send them to you, either by e-mail or by regular mail.