Marriage Vows Help Couple to Cope

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Byline: By GARETH MORGAN Western Mail

The strains that love and commitment bring when one partner falls seriously ill are revealed in an emotional documentary to be broadcast today. Wedding vows are difficult enough to keep at the best of times but when a loved one needs increasing care and attention these vows take on a whole new meaning. Sometimes the serious, difficult promises of marriage are only truly explored when the going gets really tough.

For Siaron and Peter West from Cardiff, this is the reality of everyday life as Peter suffers from severe progressive MS.

Siaron has spoken about the huge emotional and practical burden of caring for her seriously ill husband in the powerful S4C documentary.

Siaron, a GP in the Caerphilly area, has been married to Peter for 10 years. During that time his health has deteriorated rapidly and the wedding vow 'in sickness and in health' has truly been put to the test.

Confined to a wheelchair, Peter now needs 24-hour care and cannot even speak without the aid of a special computerised voice.

Siaron, who has a daughter Catrin, conceived by a sperm donor due to her husband's illness, confesses her circumstances at times have been overwhelming, but that keeping her wedding vow is more important than freedom from her onerous responsibilities. …