Officially, Anna became a carer for her husband in 2008 because he could not stay awake for more than a few hours a day. Yet, she was already a carer for her son, who was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was six years old.
At first, Anna did not think of herself as a carer. She was a mother and coped with daily challenges on her own. Identifying as a caregiver helped her understand that there is support available, and she no longer feels alone.
Anna completed the Skills for Success short course at Carers Queensland through Your Caring Way. It helped her recognise her strengths, the talents she already has as a carer, and how she can apply them at work.