Introduction

Introduction I had a difficult childhood, with my mum being severely mentally unwell and my dad killing himself when I was 12 years old. After Dad’s suicide, I was left to look after my mum without any help from relatives or healthcare professionals. I provided continual care throughout the remainder […]

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Chapter One – My Early Years

My Early Years My Early Childhood I was born in Birkenhead, near Liverpool, on 20th November 1973. My parents were living nearby in an area called the Wirral. My dad had a good job as a regional sales manager and my mum had been a teacher, but had stopped teaching […]

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Chapter Three – My Adult Life

My Adult Life Purpose of This Chapter It may seem strange that a book on being a young carer contains a chapter called ‘My Adult Life’. The main reason I have included this chapter is I want to excite and inspire young carers about what their lives could be. Many […]

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Chapter Four – The Truth Is Uncovered

The Truth Is Uncovered Letters Exchanged with Mum’s Family In 2014, following Mum’s admission into a care home, I decided to investigate her condition and the treatment she had received.  I sent letters to her family, asking them for any information they could give me about Mum’s illness. A cousin […]

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Chapter Five – Lessons from My Experiences

Lessons From My Experiences The two most important lessons from my experiences are: I Should Have Told Someone As I mention in Chapter Two, My Experiences as a Young Carer, my biggest regret is that I did not tell my school friends or adults I trusted what my life was […]

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Chapter Six – Advice on Certain Topics

Advice On Certain Topics This chapter offers advice to young carers. I have broken it into smaller sections to make information on different topics easy to find. The topics covered are as follows: Don’t measure your success against others. Take responsibility for your life. Understand the situation. Learn from your […]

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Chapter Seven – Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights If you are a young carer you may feel that you don’t have any choices. You may feel that you have no option other than to provide care. However, you should be aware of some relevant laws. The two key points in these laws are that no […]

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Chapter Eight – Tell Your Story

Tell Your Story If you are a young carer and you are meeting people to discuss your role, I suggest you make some notes beforehand to take with you. When I met medical and social care professionals and described Mum’s care, I sometimes forgot some details that I wanted to […]

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Chapter Nine – Getting Support

Getting Support Being a young carer is extremely tough and there is no reason for you to try to manage alone. You deserve support and there are various people and organisations you can approach to get help.   I have made some suggestions regarding the order that you speak to […]

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