‘It is like night and day,’ says Janine, 48. ‘She might wake up tomorrow and then it’s a race against time to live the life she should have had. She rushes off to catch up with her friends and get her hair done. But no one knows when she might fall asleep again.’
Since her diagnosis, Beth has been asleep more than she has been awake, sleeping through many of her birthdays and Christmases, as well as holidays. When she wakes up, she has no recollection she was ill or realisation that time has moved on.
Beth’s hopes of getting the four A-levels she needed to train to be a child psychologist faded as she was forced to drop out of college.
And Janine, a single mother, had to give up her job to look after her daughter round the clock.
He will come round and sit with her nearly every day, talk to her and wait for the girl he fell in love with to come back. When she is awake, they resume their normal adult relationship. He is a good man.’
Daily Mail UK