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Table 2 Themes and subthemes regarding partner’s experiences of living with a person with long-term illness

From: Living with a spouse with chronic illness – the challenge of balancing demands and resources

Themes Subthemes
Managing challenges in daily life Balancing leisure activities to suit the spouse’s health
Adapting social life to the spouse’s health
Taking over many practical things is a balancing act
Seeking support and use own capabilities to manage life Trying to find support
Taking advantage of resources and earlier experiences
Appreciating the good parts of life Having relationships with family members and friends
Being able to enjoy life values gives satisfaction
Adapting to constant changes and an uncertain future Finding ways to accept the spouse’s illness
Worrying about the future