When you become a carer, everything changes. Not just your own life, but society’s expectations too. No matter what you were like before, you are immediately obliged to take on saintly qualities and become endlessly patient, loving, energetic, unselfish, undemanding and uncomplaining, with a beatific smile permanently plastered on your face. Don’t believe me? Look at the Carers of the Year Awards. Now obviously I have huge admiration for the winners, they really are saints, they manage the most challenging situations and care for the longest number of years. But what do these awards say to the rest of us?
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