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‘I know that the role of the immune system is to protect the body from illness and allergies by providing a line of defence. However, with the stressors associated with full time caring, I was more susceptible to infection and illness, as I found out when I contracted Scarlet Fever.

This severely reduced my capacity to provide care, resulting in the extremely reluctant decision of Mum being moved to respite while I recovered. I still feel guilt from finding myself in that position.’ (Martin, carer)