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AnnieMae aged 34
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Female , 34

Ok, So I am 28, living at home in London, with my mother who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease(MND) an adorable grandfather who suffers from alzheimers. I am a registered (not solely) carer for my mother, although they are all a handfull.
I am currently studying Nutrition. Sometimes what you what to do for life, is not that clear, and I believe that trying things is the best way to decide, it make take a while, as it has me, and funnily enough childcare was my original degree choice at 18, but i got there in the end.

Life experiences

Caring for an ill family member

As I have previously explained, I help care for my mother. I remember as a child of about 8 or 9, when she was first diagnosed, helping her down the stairs, it has ofcourse progressed since then, and now she and my grandfather can not be left alone. The care ranges from bathroom breaks, to feeding, to simply turning the page in a book.

Where next?... Study/Work choices

I've been there, done that, and tried on way to many t-shirts. Sadly not many of them fit... I went straight from Alevels to university, not having a clue if what I had chosen was actually what I wanted to study, and ofcourse it was but when my grades were published I changed from Early years education to Biology, I tried a further 2 universitys and 2 degrees, due to family pressure, and it being the "done thing". On my 3rd attempt, my dad suffered from a heart attack, and I had to un the family business. It was not an ideal situation, but starting work was the best thing I ever did. A year later the business was sold so I decided to do a NVQ in busienss administration to help with my background knowledge and gain more work experience, and I was soon employed by the NHS doing admin work. The experience was great, as I worked for all different departments, but I realised administration was not my thing. I found my self back at university and getting all A's, I beleived it was about time

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

Some may say, including myself that I have had a very sheltered life, but what I have learnt, I have learnt the hard way. When I was at school and even to this day, if people ask about my mother I get a "sorry", people in that situation do not want to hear sorry, and whilst I am not claiming to know what everyone wants to hear, I do know how it feels, and when and why people want to talk about it. At16 there was no way I would go to a support ground of MND suffers and family members, and sadly, services such as online mentoring were not around when I needed them, it allows you to get advice and guidance easily, from real people, whilst remaining annymous. It is a wonderful idea and a great way to give something back.

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