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Disability and the cost of living: 'It's our son's life'

Disability and the cost of living: 'It's our son's life'

Six-year-old Cohen survives off the machines in his home and his mum’s energy bills could rise to more than £3,000 a year. Cohen has DiGeorge syndrome and 15q11.2 genetic deletions which means he can’t walk, talk or digest food properly. Lauren, Cohen’s mum said: “The cost of living crisis, for most people, it’s ‘Oh we […]

Long Covid: 'It's like someone has piled sandbags on top of me'

Reece caught coronavirus during the first wave of the pandemic in March 2020, but like many twenty-somethings, he wasn’t hospitalised overnight. What he thought would be a mild illness became a protracted nightmare with his partner Alice becoming his carer. Months after his initial infection, he was diagnosed with CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) by […]

Jo Whiley on sister's Covid: 'It's been the worst week of our lives'

DJ Jo Whiley has called it the “cruellest twist in the world” that she was offered a vaccine before her disabled sister, who is in hospital with Covid “fighting for her life”. Her sister Frances, who has a learning disability and diabetes, was offered a vaccine on Saturday night – but Jo said it’s now […]