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Sandra, 47, is a qualified nurse but because of her own health problems she isn’t currently able to work in nursing. She cares for her teenage son who has Asperger’s Syndrome. At first she felt selfish making time for herself to study psychology, but she found that it has given her the energy to cope with her demanding roles and has helped her to understand her son’s condition so that she is better able to support him. She has found that returning to study has been a crucial part of regaining her sense of herself.