How it can affect you
You might have lots of questions going around your mind
- Why us?
- Is it my fault?
- Can I do anything to make it better?
- Will the person I look after get worse or die?
- What should I do in an emergency?
- Can I catch it?
- Will it happen to me too?
- What caused it?
Caring for someone can be a rewarding experience but sometimes it can affect your everyday life:
- You might feel worried, sad or lonely
- It can affect your health
- You might miss out on time with friends
- Your school or college work can be affected
- It might stop you getting a job, or keeping one
- It can make you stop wanting to achieve your goals for the future
- You might have money worries
You shouldn’t miss out on anything because you are a carer
You should have the same opportunities that other children have and there are people who can help you.
Don’t bottle it up: Talk to someone, it usually helps.
Try a teacher or school nurse and ask for help, often there is all sorts of help around but you need to ask before you get it.
Look after yourself: try to have a healthy diet and have enough time to do the things you want to do. Keep in touch with your friends and keep up with your hobbies or sports.