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Ex-regional journalist opens up on lockdown shielding experience

Carla CallaghanA former regional journalist with multiple sclerosis has opened up on being stuck at home for months during the coronavirus lockdown.

Carla Callaghan, who used to work for the Rutherglen Reformer, has been shielding in line with the government’s advice.

The 35-year-old was diagnosed with MS just five weeks before her wedding day in 2013 underwent and treatment last year for the condition, which affects the central nervous system.

Carla, pictured, now works as the press and PR officer for the MS Society Scotland.

She told the Daily Record: “Instead of enjoying the end of the first year of treatment that will hopefully stabilise the MS, I’ve been confined to the house.

“Thousands of others are in similar situations and I’m grateful for the rules which are protecting us from this horrendous virus which has taken so many lives and turned others upside down.”

Carla added: “The guidance for the shielded group though is difficult – don’t leave your house or garden, if you have one, for four months.

“This protective advice unfortunately has an impact on quality of life, physical and mental health – especially for those who don’t have the luxury of any outside space.

“I’m grateful to have a garden and that I’m able to keep exercise up too, but I worry for others shielding whose mobility and mental health may have declined.

“Spending so much time at home has made me appreciate that this is an ongoing and daily reality for many who are housebound due to a health condition.”

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