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When nurse and carer roles collide: the pressures of nursing a dying loved one

Delivering end of life care may be familiar territory professionally, but caring for a family member is a very personal challenge

Delivering end of life care may be familiar territory professionally, but caring for a family member is a very personal challenge

In late 2017, I began an intimate and very demanding relationship with cancer.

First, my husband Peter underwent a series of investigations. He was eventually given the all-clear but then, on the same day in March 2018, both my dad and my brother-in-law Ken received their cancer diagnoses.

My dad had surgery and embarked on a complex rehabilitation, which involved him being re-admitted to hospital. Peter and I took on the full-time caring responsibilities for his brother while continuing to support my mum and dad. Fortunately, my dad has now been cancer-free for 12 months.

The balance was tipping from being a sister-in-law to being a

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