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Jeff's wife has had MS for 30 years. Jeff took early retirement from work to spend more time with his wife as her MS had progressed.

  • Background

    Jeff, age 62, is a retired schoolteacher. He is white British, married with two children.

  • Age at interview 62
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • John Y

    John's wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis fifteen years ago when she started experiencing pain in her spine and neck, since then her condition has gradually deteriorated. John carries out the majority of care for her along with working full-time.

  • Background

    John, age 55, is a self-employed builder. He is Greek Cypriot, married, with two children.

  • Age at interview 55
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • John X

    John's wife has had MS for over 30 years. The diagnosis was a relief because they both feared something worse. John describes his wife as a feisty' lady who refuses to see herself as disabled.

  • Background

    John, age 63, is a retired schoolmaster. He is white British, married with three children.

  • Age at interview 63
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Robin

    Robin's wife has had MS for 20 years. They live together in the house where they brought up their children.

  • Background

    Robin, age 72, is a retired TV producer and Open University lecturer. He is Caucasian/English, married with four children.

  • Age at interview 72
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Stella

    Stella's partner was diagnosed with MS 3 years before we spoke to her.

  • Background

    Stella, age 45, works as a freelance language teacher and also teaches mindfulness techniques for a women’s charity. She is Caucasian/German, single, living with her partner and has no children.

  • Age at interview 45
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Paul Z

    Paul's wife has had MS for 20 years. She is now profoundly disabled and Paul is her main carer. He is supported in his caring by his children, who visit frequently, and by health and social care workers.

  • Background

    Paul, 56, is a former learning resources manager. He is white British, married with two adult children.

  • Age at interview 56
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Bernard

    Bernard's wife was diagnosed with MS at the age of 43. Her mobility has declined over the years, but they still share household tasks.

  • Background

    Bernard is 59 years old and planning to retire soon from his job as a secondary school teacher. He is white British and has two adult children. Bernard is looking...

  • Age at interview 59
  • Sex/Gender Male