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Text boxes connected by lines illustrate Lesley’s experiences over time. Content and position of boxes are listed as they appear from left to right.

Trained to be a nurse in London; Travelled and lived in Turkey for a year; Moved to Scotland where parents had relocated from Kent; Worked as a nurse in Dumfries 1994-2004, married and had children. Two boxes positioned lower down suggest low points: Daughter ill, meant a lot of time travelling to hospitals, juggling work; Son diagnosed with disabilities, impossible to work and be a full-time carer. Timeline continues: Worked in retail part-time 2004-2007; Volunteered while son at school; Regular support from carers centre and carers; Separated from partner, financial challenges; Back and joint problems worsened. Two boxes positioned higher up suggest high points: Started Open University course; Started business studies course.