The Veronicas’ Jessica and Lisa Origliasso have spoken about caring for their mother Colleen during her battle with Lewy body dementia and a rare neurological condition called progressive supranuclear palsy.
In an emotional video for Carers Australia, the 35-year-old identical twin sisters said looking after their mum has been ‘challenging but rewarding’.
‘Caring for mama is the most challenging thing we’ve ever had to do, but it’s definitely the most rewarding,’ Lisa said.
‘It’s the most challenging thing we’ve ever had to do’: The Veronicas’ Lisa and Jess Origliasso have spoken candidly about caring for their mum Colleen as she continues to battle dementia
She added: ‘We’re very lucky that we have each other. On days where emotionally it’s indescribably hard, we can really count on each other to understand.’
Jess went on to say she didn’t initially recognise herself as a career because she was ‘looking after someone she loves’.
‘It was almost confusing at the start as to why our emotional and mental health needed a lot of extra support,’ she said.
Important role: In a video for Carers Australia, the identical twin sisters said looking after their mum has been ‘challenging but rewarding’. Pictured Jess and Colleen
Jess added:’I don’t think we realised at the start why things were starting to get really heavy, because we would do what we’ve been doing any day for her or someone that we love.’
The sisters, who are ambassadors for National Carers Week 2020, also thanked other carers for their ‘compassion and empathy’.
Footage of Jessica and Lisa caring for Colleen was also shared online ahead of Carers Week, which annually celebrates carers and aims to raise awareness of the important work they do.
Family: The sisters, who are ambassadors for National Carers Week 2020, also thanked other carers for their ‘compassion and empathy’
The sisters can be see talking to and caressing their beloved mum in the emotional video.
Lewy body dementia causes a sufferer’s thinking, memory and movement to slowly deteriorate.
The Veronicas’ emotional interview comes as they join the cast for the next season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia, which will air in 2021.
Careers: Jess also said she didn’t initially recognise herself as a career because she was just ‘looking after someone she loves’