Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stressed Carers in Need of Support

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Stressed Carers in Need of Support

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Pamela Frost

APN NEWSDESK

news@dailymercury.com.au

MACKAY woman Suzanne Bray tried to have coffee with friends to give her a break from caring for her husband while he was suffering from brain cancer.

But she didn't like leaving him because she did not want to worry.

Queensland Cancer Council research shows some carers have higher levels of stress than the cancer patients they care for.

Mrs Bray's husband David (right) died from brain cancer five years ago.

He was diagnosed in August, 2008 and Mrs Bray was his full-time carer until he died in June, 2009.

He hated hospitals and wanted to spend most of his time at home, Mrs Bray said, so she took care of all his needs.

She said he could not eat or drink while going through chemotherapy and lost 50kg.

Toward the end of his life, she said, it was like looking after a baby because he could not do anything.

"I worked at a hospital for years, so I had an idea that time was getting near," she said. …

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