Carer shocked

Carer Lisa Taylor.
Carer Lisa Taylor.

Ms Taylor is a finalist in the Community Champions Award after looking after her father through his cancer battle and her fiance Nick when he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

For six years she cared for her fiance 24 hours a day, transporting him in a wheelchair, feeding and bathing him.

When he died, Ms Taylor decided to mentor others in similar situations.

‘Nick was my best friend and we got through the hard times with a simple philosophy that laugher is the best medicine, live life as though you are going to die tomorrow and don’t take life or yourself too seriously,’ she said.

‘Rebuilding my life has not been easy, but my experience with cancer has provided me with great strength and a better appreciation of life.

‘So rather spending my life regretting what has happened to me, I prefer to see my experience as a gift of learning and being thankful for everyday.’

Ms Taylor said she was shocked to find out she was a finalist.

‘I feel like maybe all my choices are being validated when I least expected,’ she said.

‘It’s nice to know that carer’s are being recognised.

‘A lot of the time carer’s get lost in the background and un-noticed.

‘I hope that all carers can feel the way I feel right now ” they deserve to.’

Winners announced on April 15.