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Pen Portraits – carers' views

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We all need to recharge >>

Rucksana cares for her son who is in his 20s. She feels breaks are essential and that to carry on, you sometimes need to put yourself first.

Make your GP aware of your caring role >>

Andy talks about the 'rabbit in the headlights' moments that can catch you unawares as a carer when you're first thrust into the role. 

An absolute lifeline >>

Joy looks after her 24-year-old daughter who has a mental health condition. She had a funded break through the council about seven years ago, which came at a point when she really needed it.

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