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How the Pandemic Changed Our Friendships as People With Health Conditions

The waning but still very much ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has transformed many aspects of daily life, especially for people with health conditions. Even as things shift toward so-called “normal,” many people with chronic illnesses and disabilities are continuing to limit social outings and wear masks, while living with a higher level of anxiety because others around them are no longer being cautious. And many people with health conditions have found that the pandemic has altered their relationships in both positive and negative ways.

We asked our Mighty community to share how the pandemic has affected their friendships and social lives. Here’s what they had to say.

Responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity. 

For some in our community, social distancing was nothing new

“I’m a mama to twin 6-year-old-boys (born at 27 weeks via emergency c-section) and a 2-year-old little girl who was born with a complex congenital heart disease. I’ve been in survival mode for the last six years… much of which has been spent in self-isolation while raising my children. … I assume anyone and everyone we encounter could possibly be sick, even if they aren’t showing symptoms. This is how I’ve always operated since becoming a mom, long before the coronavirus was even a threat. … I’ve gone months and months without seeing friends, without seeing family, without shopping, without going to the salon, without self-care, without going to social gatherings, without celebrating holidays, without hugs and instead I just stayed home with my babies.” — Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime (Read the full story)

“Twelve years’ experience in trying not to catch any bacterial or viral infections. I so have this corona thing down to a tee. After all,

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The waning but still very much ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has transformed many aspects of daily life, especially for people with health conditions. Even as things shift toward so-called “normal,” many people with chronic illnesses and disabilities are continuing to limit social outings and wear masks, while living with a higher level of anxiety because others around them are no longer being cautious. And many people with health conditions have found that the pandemic has altered their relationships in both positive and negative ways.
Friendship, deep and meaningful ones, can be some of the greatest and most lasting relationships we will ever have.

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