Original article from Kent Live
A carer from Canterbury has been suffering from long COVID for more than a year.
Louise Slater, 40, was working in a residential home caring for elderly patients up until March 2020.
The mum-of-five then contracted coronavirus and her life has never been the same since.
Her eldest daughter, Jordana Bacmeister, 22, described the condition as "unbearable" and is now her full-time carer whilst also finishing off her studies.
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Ms Slater, whose other children are aged, 20, 19, 13, and 12, was initially ill with coronavirus for three weeks, and her family had assumed the early symptoms were just the usual annual signs of hayfever.
"She was working in a residential home and had a few long shifts so thought she was just exhaused," Ms Bacmeister, told KentLive.
"She took a COVID test and was positive, and it just has never stopped since."
Before contracting the virus, Ms Slater was described as a very active person.
She would walk at least 10,000 steps a day whilst doing all she could to take care of her five children.
Now, however, the once-active mum has barely left her house in over a year.
"She can't walk to the end of the street without being out of breath and in pain," the London Road resident said.
"One of her friends from work does all she can to help, and even takes her on some trips to get her out the house, but even then she still comes back tired and in pain.
"In comparison to what she used to be like, as her daughter, it is horrible to see."
Ms Slater's eldest daughter now faces the battle of juggling her responsibilities as a full-time carer with her educational studies.
The student revealed it is now starting to take a toll on her life too.
"I'm a student, I still have five assignments left to do," she added.
"I finished in May this year, but I still have things to do, including a dissertation, due in August."
'She used to be very active and very independent'
Latest research released on Thursday (June 24) shows that over two million people may have suffered from long-COVID during the pandemic.
When Ms Slater first became ill over a year ago, the family had mistaken her symptoms for the usual annual hayfever she normally has.
This meant that the positive COVID test came as a complete surprise, and her symptoms still remain.
"She is quite frustrated because she used to be very active and very independent as well," Ms Bacmeister added.
"Now, she has a complete loss of mobility and it's just a complete change to how she was before.
"She is now in therapy for anxiety and depression whilst also trying to build up endurance and muscle since she hasn't been physically active."
Ms Slater has now been placed in a sleep clinic because, despite tiredness, she cannot sleep at night due to the pain she is in.
A long-COVID clinic has also just been set up, which Ms Slater is part of.
'All she wants is to live a normal life again'
While suffering with the illness, Ms Slater is still able to talk to her daughter.
Among the conversations, she even revealed her ambitions in the future, which is to return to what she loved doing.
"Her aim is definitely to go back to work," Ms Bacmeister added.
"She has always been a very caring person. Before working in care homes she helped out at Primary Schools so has always been working in that sector caring for others.
"All she wants is to live a normal life again."
With Ms Slater also out of work for more than a year, the family are doing all they can to get by in this financially challenging period.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Jordana Bacmeister in an attempt to help support the family.
You can view the page by pressing on this link.