My husband was medically retired with full pension in 2004 at the age of 44. He was diagnosed at the age of 40, but was going back and forward to his doctors for 2 years prior and was continually told he had arthritis.
He and the company he worked for decided between them that he could no longer do the job he was employed for. The work was great and worked with ATOS and himself for 4 years adapting hours, duties and time off to attend hospital appointments etc.
I myself worked full time up until I was made redundant in October last year, which in a way is a god send as working up to 14hrs a day and being up and down with my husband during the night was a strain. I also had to try and keep to a routine with my husband which was knocked about a good few times due to the nature of my job. It knocked his routine for six and on a good few occasions meant I had to get him up and dressed about 4am which until I stopped working realised how much it affected him being out of routine.
At the moment he still gets DLA (Low carer and high mobility) which he received after he retired.