How to represent being a carer

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I've been watching tattoo fixers tonight as I enjoy having tattoos done and have 4 at the minute each representing an important part of my life i.e. who I am, the birth of my daughter, serving in Iraq and the death of my nan. Plus I also love drawing and sketching, so on that note I've decided to set my self the challenge of designing a tattoo that again represents a major part of my life ...... being a carer. So I'm looking for ideas of what being a carer means to people and ideas of ways I could represent that in my drawings then one day in the future when things have sorted themselves out financially I may try and get my design actually done as a tattoo.
Any help would be great.
Oh dear, I'm going to be very cynical, and say, 'How about an image of someone trampling all over someone else'.........or something to indicate the total sacrifice that is required by one human being for another one.

I could be REALLY bitter and suggest an image of a 'parasite and a host'.....

(Sorry, but being a 'Carer' is a nightmare, as far as I'm concerned!!!!)(But then I'm not a very nice person, as you can see.)

Also, just to point out, HOPEFULLY I'd be a LOT more 'generous minded' when it comes to parents caring for children.

Apols all round.

Slightly more seriously, how about something like 'hands holding up/supporting someone', sort of cupped from underneath, bit like catching a cricket ball, but wider, with the name of the person inside the cupped hands.
Slightly more seriously, how about something like 'hands holding up/supporting someone', sort of cupped from underneath, bit like catching a cricket ball, but wider, with the name of the person inside the cupped hands.
Jenny, you beat me to it ! that's what I was going to suggest - but instead of a name, how about a heart ?
Heart and maybe initials?? :)

(Sorry about my first thoughts - it's really nasty of me. I know they are 'true' but there you go - if we turn our backs on helpless people, what will happen to humanity?) (But I remain grovelingly grateful I no longer have the daily care of my MIL.....)
They sound like really cool ideas :) Thanks girls. I'm also going to do a sketch piece based on the theme " what it means to be a carer" and I was thinking maybe showing different aspects of caring like feeling like we are carrying the world on our shoulders, the first aid on a self harmer, the cooking, the motivating etc
Jenny

Don't under estimate your good side! You help loads of people on here going through difficult times :D
I really like the cupped hands idea.
Me to, it reminds me ofthe christian picture of the whole world in his hands. Thinking about it what we do isnt that dissimilar just on a tiny scale because we take all the abuse, we make sure our carees are protected from bad things, we are always there to listen to them, we comfort them, we love them despite them denouncing us and making us feel like crap on their bad days, we almost never let them see that we are suffering to and we sacrifice our life so that another may live theres
Which is ironic considering my bishop keeps telling me I need to live a more christ like life
Interesting - the logo of the care agency I use for my mum is exactly that - two cupped hands supporting heart!
Chains and the words government slave......