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Jean's son was diagnosed with MS in the late 1980s. Jean and the rest of the family were shocked at the diagnosis, though her son was relieved it wasn't a brain tumour. His own positive attitude to life with the illness has helped Jean come to terms with it herself.

  • Background

    Jean, age 71, is a retired district nurse. She is white British, divorced, with four adult children.

  • Age at interview 71
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Norma

    Norma's eldest son was diagnosed with primary progressive MS in 1990 and she cared for him until his death in 2003. She now cares for her youngest son, who was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS in 2003. Norma founded the charity, Shane's Project, which provides support for carers and people with MS.

  • Background

    Norma, age 70, is a retired restaurateur. She is Black/Caribbean, divorced, with five children.

  • Age at interview 70
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Ann

    Ann's daughter first experienced signs of MS at 18 years old. She is not currently affected too severely and tries to get on with life, focusing on the positives.

  • Background

    Ann, age 55 is a local government officer. She is white British, divorced, with two children.

  • Age at interview 55
  • Sex/Gender Female