When you think of The Veronicas, you’re immediately reminded of their iconic hits as well as their exuberant, positive personalities. You would never guess that they were also full-time carers for their mum, Colleen.

Jess and Lisa Origliasso opened up to Jonesy & Amanda about their mum’s rare neurological condition.

After being diagnosed five years ago, the illness has significantly affected Colleen’s motor and cognitive skills.

Hear our emotional chat with Jess and Lisa of The Veronicas here:

“We have such a close relationship, she’s come on tour with us over the last 15 years,” the sisters told us.

“She’s our absolute rock, which is why we’re having this conversation.”


They added, “We’ve had to put off a lot of our career, and we would in a second because she’s our number one priority.”

As part of National Carers Week, Jess and Lisa want to get the message out to all carers that they are not alone, and are appreciated.

“Thank you to everybody caring for a loved one. We really appreciate and love you.”