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Amanda Cheesley: Help yourself but ask your employer to look after you too

A series of crises and losses in her personal life put RCN professional lead Amanda Cheesley under enormous stress. She got through it with the support of her employer and by relying on the people and strategies that boost her resilience

A series of crises and losses in her personal life put RCN professional lead Amanda Cheesley under enormous stress. She got through it with the support of her employer and by relying on the people and strategies that boost her resilience

Over the past four years I have looked after my younger sister while she was dying from breast cancer, then cared for my oldest friend before her death from the same disease. I also had two sudden bereavements – an old friend who died from sepsis and my cousin from a catastrophic brain stem bleed.

This while working full-time and having an elderly mother living at home. The love and support of my husband, friends and family, as well as my work colleagues and manager, made it easier to cope with the stress.

Many people I know are juggling family

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