CARER STORIES

Carers share their stories, and their insights into the roller coaster ride of being a dementia carer, family member or friend.

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Out of the abyss of despair

 

‘Gradually, I began to rediscover the
old me; the positive, optimistic me’
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The roller-coaster ride of being a carer

 

‘I needed to turn a negative into something positive’
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It takes a community to care

 

‘I made many valued connections and friendships’
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It's the intimacy
I miss

 

‘It was heart wrenching, agonising and painful’
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My Hero Award for my Grandad

 

‘It seems like he doesn't care anymore... but I know that's not the case’ READ MORE...

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After the death, the guilt remains

 

‘A social worker came to rescue us’
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It's a wonderful life

 

‘These words also applied to our fifty years of marriage’
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'Going with the flow – there is no 'right way'

 

‘I never thought he 'wasn't there' – that was just him now’
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Learning to ‘play office’

‘I was genuinely interested in what he might be going to say’
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I am not a carer

‘I don't want teenagers to get diluted stories...'
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This is Life with Alzheimer's

‘How Am I? How can anyone answer that questions or really understand . .'
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FELT LIKE 'A BIT OF A GOOSE'

 

'In fact, I remember thinking: ‘that was it, I was cactus’.'

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