A LOVING South Tyneside mum dedicates her life to caring for her husband and their two daughters.
Now, her family are hoping she’ll be given the recognition she deserves.
Deborah Johnston, of Ayr Drive, Jarrow, has been nominated for Carer of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2014.
The 42-year-old was put forward for the accolade, sponsored by clothing firm Barbour, by her daughter, Chloe.
The St Wilfrid’s RC College pupil, 15, said: “After I was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of nine, my mam was my rock. I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to help me with my very hard life.
“I’ve learned to cope and so have my mam and dad, but without my mam I don’t think I would have. She’s had no recognition of for what she’s done and she deserves some.”
Chloe has also been diagnosed with co-ordination disorder dyspraxia, fibromyalgia – which causes wide-spread pain – dyslexia and other learning difficulties.
Mrs Johnston also cares for her youngest daughter, Ellie, eight, who also has epilepsy, a condition which causes seizures, and her husband Kenny, 51, who has fibromyalgia, diabetes and psychiatric problems.
She said: “It is a lot of hard work, but they’re my family and all I want to do is make sure they’re happy – that’s what keeps me going.
“The way you have to look at it is that ‘if I don’t do it, no one else is going to’.
“It means a lot that Chloe has nominated me for this award. It’s nice to know that they appreciate what I do for them, and it’s nice to have some recognition.
“This is just her saying, ‘Mam I know you’re there’, and that means a lot.”