Hi everyone, Am new to this space and have been seeking out the right forum for support. My Mum was recently diagnosed with metastatic breast bone cancer, which came as a huge shock. It's been a huge adjustment for myself and my family, I've moved interstate to become her full time carer. One thing I've quickly realised is that being a carer is far more challenging that I anticipated. The actual care itself hasn't been the issue, it's more-so the emotional toll that I have been grappling with. It's also been difficult for me to relate to my peers, as I am only 32 years old and most of my friends are out chasing their career (which is what I was doing too, prior to all of this happening). I feel as though my perspective of the world has drastically shifted, I feel alone in my feelings of grief for who I was and have been facing who I am now...a carer. Any advice on coping strategies for a new carer is much appreciated. Especially if anyone else is in a similar position of being a young adult, caring for their parent - I am really seeking that mutual understanding of the position I am in. - KML
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Cancer Council NSW would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.We would also like to pay respect to elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.