Mum and dad

Hi! I am Cristina and I am 22 years of age. I have been a young carer all my life providing special care to my parents. My parents both have disabilities in which my dad is blind and my mum is hearing impaired.

Throughout my entire life, I have been a support and guide to my parents as I attend doctors’ appointments, do the weekly shopping and help out with the daily tasks. Growing up was difficult as I was not able to do things what most kids did, as I watched my friends be able to play sports and find their passion in life.

I had to grow up so fast and become a very mature person at a young age, due to having extra responsibilities. However, I am very appreciative of the life I have been given and I would not have it any other way as this is all I know. I have and still love providing care for my parents as they have ensured I take all opportunities that come my way.

I find myself always putting others before me, wanting to make sure everybody is happy. It is a trait that sometimes makes myself be vulnerable at times as people can take advantage of your caring nature. Do not let anyone change who you are as a person and achieve to be the best version of yourself.

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