Rochelle cared for her mother during a battle with terminal brain cancer has, having also lost her father to pancreatic cancer 10 years before. She has written a book, Handle with Care, in the hope others can draw comfort and learn from her devastating experience.
Rochelle looks back on her time caring for her Mum and says, "Self-care would have been a big one for me because when you're caring for a loved one they become the centre of the world overnight and every conversation and thought is about them.
It's very easy to forget to look after yourself — at the time I wouldn't have wanted to step away to look after myself because I was wasting precious time with mum, but if you don't look after yourself then it gets in the way of your ability to care for others. She says that the book includes ‘Everything I wished I had known at that time'.
Handle with Care is an inspirational memoir written with sensitivity and enormous emotional depth.