Read young carer stories

Young carer stories are helping raise young carer awareness, help identify young carers and share their feelings and experiences.  By reading their stories you will be able to get an insight into what their role is like and how different it is for each person.

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My sister

My name is Beth, and I am 16. One unique thing about me is ever since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of being able to go to space. Although I’ve never wanted to actually become an astronaut. I have been caring for my older sister for just over 2 and a […]
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Leaving home

At the age of twenty three I was so tired, and wondered how long I could keep caring. My brother had his heart transplant, and I went interstate to help for the duration of his hospital stay. When we got home, I went travelling for a month. While travelling I tried not to think about […]
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My sister, my mum and I

Greetings and salutations! My name is Belinda, I am 16 and live in Queensland. One unique thing about me is my fascination of history and human behaviour. I have been caring for my mother for 5 years. My mother suffers from a diagnosed physical disability. This has now been broadly labelled as ‘Chronic Pain Syndrome’. […]
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I love sports

My name is Ava, I am 15 years old and live in New South Wales. One unique thing about me is that I love lots of sports, including basketball, netball and sailing. I also love scouts and camping. I have been caring for my brother for 9 years. My brother requires care because he has […]
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My mum

My name is Arzu Zaiba Hattam 13 years old.  I am a carer for my mother. She has type 1 diabetes (an Autoimmune disease). Although it may not be a debilitating disease it can still be very difficult for her. My mum often has to test her blood’s sugar levels and inject herself with insulin. […]
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My brother taught me

I’m Amy, I’m 19 and I live with my mum in Shepparton, Victoria. I get up and make breakfast. There are times when I help her get dressed in the morning. I make sure she has lunch, and then at night,  make sure she has her medicine. I’m also a carer for my grandfather. He […]
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Ambitions to help

I am 17 years old and I have been a young carer for most of my life. I currently care for my brother and father with the help of my mother and older brother. It started with my younger brother who was diagnosed with autism. As we are only a year apart I help him […]
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Take care of the ones you love

My name is Maria, I am 15 and live in Queensland. One unique thing about me is I play basketball. I have been caring for my mother for 12 months. My mother requires care because she has a really bad mental state and forgets thing frequently. I have to care for my mother because I […]
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Look after you

My name is Miguel, I am 16 and live in the Australian Capital Territory.  I have been caring for my mother for 4 years. My mum has no spleen meaning that she basically has no immune system leading to more problems leaving her always in pain. My piece of advice to my fellow young carers […]
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What an awesome memory

My name is Ashleigh. I am thirteen years old and my five-year-old sister has autism. I have learned a lot of things from her like what things she needs extra help with. I help her with things like communicating and getting dressed. I do it in a way that seems like a game so that […]
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