• Francine’s story

    Francine looks after both of her parents who are both 83. Her dad has dementia and has problems with addiction, which causes additional issues.

    Francine’s story
  • Elaine’s story

    Elaine cares for her adult daughter who is autistic. She feels that healthcare professionals don't know enough about autism and that support can be a postcode lottery.

    Elaine’s story
  • Simon’s story

    Simon cares for his Mum who has Alzheimer’s. She was first diagnosed about 5 years ago, but as she gets older her needs are increasing and Simon finds it hard to look after his own mental health when also looking after her.

    Simon’s story
  • John’s story

    John looks after his elderly mother who sadly has been recently bereaved. His mother is very much suffering from everything that life can and does throw at you and has become quite frail. She has a damaged tendon in her foot, has severe depression and is often hysterical.

    John’s story
  • Julia’s story

    Julia cares for her adult daughter, Hatty, who has treatment resistant psychosis, which manifests itself as paranoid schizophrenia. Trigger warning: this post talks about mental health including suicide, abuse and violence.

    Julia’s story
  • Miles’ story

    Miles shares his reflections on his role as a unpaid carer for his daughter with mental ill health, a learning disability and suspected autism. Trigger warning: mental health

    Miles’ story
  • Phoebe

    Phoebe’s story

    Phoebe, 11, is a young carer and supports her mum who has cerebral palsy and suffers from anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

    Phoebe’s story
  • Jo’s story

    Jo tells the story of how she cared for her late husband Busty and more recently an elderly neighbour.

    Jo’s story
  • Paul’s story

    Paul cares for his wife, Mandy, who has Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Paul has been Mandy’s carer since they moved to Dorset in 2004.

    Paul’s story
  • Liz’s story

    Liz has to do everything for her husband who suffers from Myasthenia Gravis and recently had a fall that broke his back. Trigger warning: mental health - panic attacks

    Liz’s story
  • Sandra’s story

    Sandra cares for her husband, Ian, who was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in November 2019.She sorts out all aspects of running the home, which includes the organisation of the house, all paperwork, bills and banking.  Ian in appearances looks slim, fit and well but he needs help with everything.

    Sandra’s story
  • Grace’s story

    Grace says “At the age of 83, I find this caring role exhausting, some days I am running around non-stop.  I have no life and feel I must surely deserve one.  When all this trouble started I didn't think of myself as a carer but it was just something I did for the person I lived with.  Then somebody pointed out what would happen to Ronan if I wasn’t around or well enough to look after him.” 

    Grace’s story
  • Steve’s story

    I’m a full time carer to my wife Sandy, and I’m so pleased that I have the chance to talk about our experiences and hopefully help people understand a little bit about what caring for somebody with Huntington’s is like.

    Steve’s story
  • Chelsea’s Story

    Chelsea is a young carer aged 8, who lives at home with her mum and sister. Chelsea helps to look after and support her 9 year old sister Phoebe, who has ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and ASC (autism spectrum condition).

    Chelsea’s Story
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    Jennifer’s Story

    Jennifer explains some of the challenges she's faced as a carer of someone with dementia in a rural part of Dorset.

    Jennifer’s Story
  • Rose’s Story

    Rose has been a carer to her husband Peter for 14 years. Peter has vascular dementia with cognitive impairment and has been gradually declining over the years. Trigger warning: mentions mental ill health

    Rose’s Story
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    Bob’s story

    Bob cares for his wife, Patricia and has done for many years. Patricia has COPD, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal stenosis, asthma, some other ailments and also uses a wheelchair.

    Bob’s story
  • Finley’s Story

    Finley is 11 years old, he is a young carer for his mum, Emily. Emily suffers from various health conditions including rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and relies on Finley’s support with day-to-day activities. Finley doesn’t recognise himself as being a young carer. To him, he just thinks what he does is what all children do for their parents.

    Finley’s Story
  • Patricia’s Story

    Patricia has been married to Thomas for over sixty years and is his full-time carer. Thomas has vascular dementia and has no memory of people from the past. Added to this, in the last year Thomas has had a couple of falls as a result of not using his walking frame. Thomas also suffers with swollen, heavy legs.

    Patricia’s Story
  • George’s Story

    George has been married to Ann for almost 56 years. Problems first started to appear when Ann had to take early retirement, some twenty years ago, from being a Midwifery Sister due to back problems which were beginning to affect her mobility.

    George’s Story
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    Barry’s Story

    I was carer for my wife, Mary, for three decades, having been together for nearly 46 years. Mary was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when we were engaged. Trigger warning: Bereavement

    Barry’s Story
  • Celina’s Story

    Celina was thrown into caring for her Mum at a young age, but no one really understood her caring role and how hard it was to juggle everything at once Trigger warning: mental health

    Celina’s Story
  • Anthony’s story

    If you spot Anthony and Alice Bridges eating out at a restaurant you’ll think they are just like any other couple

    Anthony’s story
  • Danielle’s story

    Danielle has put her own life and ambitions on hold to care for her mum. There are thousands like her who don’t get the support they need and suffer alone, feeling isolated and unable to reach out.

    Danielle’s story
  • Helen’s story

    Helen cares for her 18 year old daughter Maja who was born with the rare condition Kleefstra Syndrome. Maja has a range of issues, include severe learning difficulties and low muscle tone.

    Helen’s story
  • Kate’s Story

    Up to June 4th 2012 I was just me, a nearly 40 year old, single, wine drinking, cat-owning sister, aunt, a friend, sometimes the funny one or even the fat one. But that was as far as my labels went and some I liked, some I didn’t. Then, on that day I became a Carer.

    Kate’s Story