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The value of carers

Thursday 18 October, 2018

“I’d tell other carers to get as much information as you can, speak to others and try to join a support group.” - Ross, carer

Cancer Council celebrates the value of carers. It can be a rewarding experience to care for someone at a time when they need you most. There may be challenges, both emotional and physical, and changes that the act of caring can bring to your relationship. Throughout National Carers Week (14-20 October) and beyond, we encourage you to seek ways to look after yourself. Recharging and relaxing is important for you to be able to not only look after your loved one, but your own wellbeing. We often remind carers that you cannot be expected to look after someone else if you are not first looking after yourself.

Cancer Council offers services specific to those who are caring for someone affected by cancer. We work to understand your needs and concerns and can connect you with someone who has been there as well. Our trained volunteers can listen as you talk through your worries, share practical tips that helped them and most of all, understand what you may be feeling.

Our experienced and understanding cancer nurses are here to help with any questions you have. They can link you with people and services who can assist, and discuss where and how to ask for support. Call 13 11 20 or email askanurse@cancervic.org.au.

You may also find useful our Carers Kit especially created for someone in your situation.

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