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Johnnie and Tiggy's story


Tiggy and Johnnie both know how hard it is to care for someone you love. They’ve experienced it first hand, looking after each other through the diagnosis, treatment and recovery from cancer.

Tiggy said: 

"In one instant my world was turned upside down. I was now fast tracked to the harsh reality of being a full time 'carer'. My life
became unrecognisable as I became a full time nurse, counsellor, gofer, driver, cook, housekeeper, PR agent, administrator and worst, emotional punch bag. I was afraid, I was exhausted and I was deeply lonely. Johnnie was very sick, angry and scared. As his nearest and dearest I got the worst of him.

Carers UK was the exact charity I had needed myself 12 years ago. If there is anything I can do to prevent other carers going through their experience alone, then my experience of being a carer will have been worthwhile."

Johnnie said:

“Caring for Tiggy has been a real privilege and a huge learning experience for me. Facing such a situation together and finding ways through it touches depths of your love that are normally never reached.

It has left us with a deep understanding of how difficult
and challenging caring for someone can be. That’s why we
are so pleased to be able to support Carers UK, to ensure
people get the help they need, when they need it most.”

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