Li is a carer for her daughter Kim, who has a long-term chronic illness. Support groups have given Li a new lease on life.
“I wanted to go to a Carers ACT support group but I couldn’t leave my daughter. Carers ACT suggested I bring her with me and it organised a support worker to keep her company while I went to the meetings.
I was so grateful that it could make arrangements to suit my situation. I could then relax and enjoy the company of the other people in the support group.
I wasn’t sure how I would go at first but the group was very welcoming and supportive. Their generosity in sharing their stories and experiences was amazing and I was able to see possibilities in my own life I hadn’t thought of.
For instance, after the other carers in the group talked about how important self-care was, I started going to pottery lessons and a craft class every week – things I’ve wanted to do for a long time but haven’t because I’ve always put Kim first. It’s given me a reason to ‘scrub up’ again and an opportunity to talk to others.
I feel more alive than I have in many years.