When I was young I could never imagine my parents getting old. To me, they never aged. They would always be around.
It wasn't until I gave birth to my daughter and I became a parent, did I realise my parents - now grandparents, were aging.
Still, I could not visualise them as old people, and especially ones who needed care.
Today my mother is 80 and lives with Alzheimer's and my father is 84 - while still as sharp as a tack, physically he is slowing down.
My father is Mum's unpaid sole carer. For those of you who have had experience with Alzheimer's patients, you will understand some days for him are mentally and emotionally draining.
He deserves support and admiration for all he does, as well as caring for. That's where I come in.
I am a part-time carer for them both and very fortunate that I can share the load with my two older sisters. It makes the world of difference. We are the lucky ones.
Most unpaid carers don't have that luxury. It is they and only they. For some, their every waking moment is consumed with having to think for someone else and attend to their every need. Can you imagine how draining that would be? How could you not feel resentment?
But they don't. They just do what has to be done.
When they do escape for a while, they feel guilty. Guilty for leaving their loved one and guilty for the person who is relieving them.
Those inspirational life quotes - live life to the fullest, love the life you live - must eat at their soul. Of course, they would love to apply that to their lives, but it's unthinkable to do so.
These exceptional human beings deserve recognition and support.
If you know an unpaid carer or someone who is sacrificing their existence to care for someone else - support them. Care for them. Your words and actions can move mountains and break down walls.
They need us.
I care. I hope you do too.