It’s Caitlin’s Wish that someday all Young Carers will be treated with the respect, compassion, and understanding that they truly deserve – no matter where they live in the world. It all began when my daughter Caitlin struggled to come to terms with her life as a young carer. “Why can’t people understand what it’s like to be me?” she’d cry. As her mother, I wanted to help her in any way possible.
After learning that she was too young to access any support from our local young carer’s project, I looked for a book to help her. Unable to find an appropriate book, she simply said, “Well write one! Make there be one Mammi.” To a young child anything is possible, right?
I’d never written anything before, but her words compelled me to create something for her, and as they say the rest is history. It helped her so much that I was urged to publish it in the hope it may help other children. The first Caitlin’s Wish storybook was published in 2010, closely followed by a revised edition in 2012.
The more I found out about young carers awareness and disability awareness the more I felt that this was my destiny, to try and make a difference. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. When my husband became disabled and our world was turned upside down, I admit that I struggled to find the reasoning. But 4 years later when I began writing I knew that this was the reason our lives had changed. Since then the ‘Caitlin’s Wish’ umbrella has expanded to include many aspects, including the book. Writing is a great way to express yourself and let out the thoughts, feelings and emotions you have.
Do start somewhere.