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Julie-Anne is 12 and helps look after her older sister who has epilepsy.

I became a carer about 3 years ago. I care for my older sister who has epilepsy, and she has to take medication and can be in bed a lot. I often make her food and if she ever looks bored, I’ll go into her room with a board game.

Sometimes it’s hard because I feel rejected by her, if she tells me to go away. The good things are I like the feeling that I’m helping, and I like to distract my sister from being on her phone.

You need to know that if you need a break from caring, it’s fine, and it’s important to look after your own mental health.

Surrey Young Carers gives me a break and a chance to talk about what happens at home. There’s more freedom.

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