I have been a caregiver for 18 years. When I was 11 years old, my mother underwent a spinal surgery that went incorrectly, leaving her in chronic pain and unable to work. My older brother dropped out of college in his sophomore year to come home to provide care for my mother and me. As a younger child, I assisted in my mother's care wherever possible and I continue to do so today.
There are millions of other Millennial caregivers in the United States who have experiences like my brother and I, and unfortunately, just as we were, without access to support services. My desire to devote my career to improving the lives of young caregivers inspired me to move in England in 2013 to pursue my PhD under the supervision of Professor Saul Becker, world-renown researcher in the field of child and young adult caregivers.
My doctoral research at the University of Birmingham focuses on the identity development of young adult caregivers living in the United Kingdom and United States. While completing my doctoral research, I remain committed to raising the profile of young caregivers through blog writing, podcasts, and speaking engagements around the world.
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