In the second of our Guest Blogs, Olivia, author of the Odd Pigeon Blog writes about caring for her Mother with MS.
Hello, my name is Olivia and I am 14. At just eight years old, I became a young carer for my mother, who has Multiple Sclerosis. I have two older brothers, but I am her main carer. Caring is undeniably difficult, it challenges even the smartest of people, in my experience I enjoy caring. I love my mother in every possible way, she is strong, caring, honest and an inspiration to so many people. My caring role has made our relationship the best it has ever been, we spend almost every moment we can together.
I think the most challenging part of caring is seeing your loved one in pain. On a bad day, all I wish to do is snuggle up together and squeeze the pain away. I want to take it from her, wish away the hurt, erase the bad memories and the daily dozen of medication. It baffles me, it always seems to be the good people that get dealt the worst fates.
The definition of a heroic person is someone who is admired for their courage, their achievements and most of all their noble qualities. Everyone has their own definition of a hero, my mother is my hero. She is inexplicably amazing, my only wish is to be half as brave and courageous, to hopefully one day teach my own children the valuable lessons she has taught me.
Caring for my mother on her bad days is a life lesson, it teaches you integrity, loyalty and how to love unconditionally. When caring gets hard, when you feel like you’re stressed beyond control, like you can’t breathe, the values you’ve been given can help get you through it, help you turn on the light when you’re in pitch darkness! Having motivation and the strength to stay positive is sometimes all you need to carry on.
My message through my blog, is that no one is alone, every carer has a voice.
Everyone can speak up, raise awareness for their experiences! I would like to raise the awareness of Multiple Sclerosis, try and help people to understand what life is like for a person with a degenerative illness.
For now I will leave you with a quote “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other” – Audrey Hepburn
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All my love,
The odd pigeon. xx
Author of the Odd Pigeon Blog