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April 2020

On Saturday 4 April 2020 I came down with Covid-19. Extremely high temperatures, cough, heavy chest and a sore throat for 7 + days and although I'm now on day 13 I am still not well. As I am susceptible to flu and chest infections I knew the differences of this virus instantly.

Needless to say I was isolated from my family immediately but despite doing everything we could to keep the necessary 2 metre distance my husband came down with it on 11 April 2020. Our 21 and 17 year olds were flung into caring roles and so far they have remained well. Luckily despite my husband's asthma and heart issues he has bounced back quite quickly.
Everyone will have a story to tell about 2020. What has kept me going during my isolation has been the daily texts from my close knit group of friends who live from a 5 minute walk away to Kuwait to Australia. My parents, despite their own health issues also emailed daily. We will also be eternally indebted to a small group of friends who have shopped for us ensuring we have everything we need.
But what also became important were the cards I received. Just a couple of lines on a postcard cheered me up no end. I cannot thank the postal service enough for continuing to put themselves at risk.
In early March 2020 alongside my art practice I started a new part time job at Cambridge Contemporary Art - the beloved gallery that has represented me for the past 10 years who support over 500 artists between 2 galleries.
Although I am a new recruit I have been enveloped into this remarkable family of staff who have helped keep me going these past weeks. However due to the current situation many small businesses are now facing closure. CCA are fighting hard to keep going by continuing to trade online but also by crowd funding. For every £2.50 donators can collect greeting cards once the store can reopen. Then you can send all the cards you get back to those you care about about too and make their day just that bit brighter Hopefully in a weeks time I'll be back on my feet in the meantime - go take a look here.

 

I am not out of the woods quite yet and taking one day at a time.

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