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Geoff with his mother, whom he cares for

Geoff felt as if he was being pulled in two different directions when he was juggling work and caring for his elderly mother.

Geoff’s mum has Pulmonary Fibrosis and requires ongoing support from her family. This condition can be life changing. In addition to consistently feeling out of breath, other symptoms include exhaustion and relentless coughing. Geoff is his mum’s primary carer, doing his best to make her life as comfortable as possible.

In addition to caring for his mother, Geoff recently required extensive medical care himself. One morning like any other, he got out of bed and suddenly collapsed at the bottom of the stairs. He had suffered a devastating brain aneurism requiring critical brain surgery. Luckily, Geoff was rushed to hospital just in time.

“I owe the surgeon my life. Only a third of people survive a procedure like this. I am lucky to have survived, but I know I’m not the same person I was before. I feel so tired all the time.”

After a fourteen week recovery period, Geoff is now back at work full-time. However, managing his caring responsibilities with a full-time job is challenging. Fortunately, Geoff has a Carer’s Passport. This is a document the Charity can provide to carers and their line managers which highlights how the individual's responsibilities impact their work. It saves the carer having to explain their personal situation in intricate detail within every new professional relationship.

Geoff had applied for help before his illness. He is now hoping to use the Passport to negotiate compressed working hours which suit his caring needs. With a supportive network of friends and family around him, things are looking up.

“I was really struggling to balance my work and caring responsibilities, even before I had my brain aneurism. The process of applying for the Passport was plain sailing. I felt supported by the Charity and have done throughout this process.”

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