The Daily Telegraph


Amy Du­rant, 31, London

- Healthy Living

On March 14, I first be­gan ex­pe­ri­enc­ing symp­toms, and I haven’t had my life back since then. It was a fairly textbook case. Fever, body aches, a few days later a cough, then a couple of days feel­ing bet­ter be­fore the on­set of some pretty scary breath­ing prob­lems, which at one point got so bad the paramedics had to be called out to look at me.

Af­ter a couple of weeks I was back on my feet and started go­ing through the mo­tions of nor­mal life again. But un­like be­fore, where I went for reg­u­lar runs, saw friends and thrived from the buzz of run­ning my own com­pany, I found my­self

with very lit­tle en­ergy. My chest ached and my body still felt all wrong.

By May, I crashed com­pletely. Since then, I’ll have a couple of good days where I can man­age do­ing emails and go­ing for a walk with a friend, and then it’s back to square one and my chest hurts, my breath­ing is off and I can’t get out of bed.

I’m an editor, and I haven’t been able to read prop­erly for months, which is dev­as­tat­ing. A CAT scan has re­vealed some dam­age in my lungs. Some air­ways have nar­rowed from in­flam­ma­tion so I’ve been put on a daily in­haler.

Some days I can’t man­age a shower. Oc­ca­sion­ally I feel hope­ful, but each time I crash back down it’s harder to take.

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