Like all of us, DSAWM Intern and Self-Advocate Molly has been greatly impacted by the covid-19 pandemic. Molly is social butterfly. If she’s not filming videos or being interviewed by the local news for DSAWM, you will find her performing around town with the Living Light Dance Company, hosting a sleepover for her “second sisters,” or exploring Grand Rapids with her CLS aide Jess. As covid-19 has taken each of these activities from her, Molly’s daily routine has drastically changed. Understandably, this has caused her to feel sadness, grief, frustration, and even anger. But Molly is a determined young woman. In adjusting to her new routine, she has discovered new ways to interact with loved ones and participate in her favorite activities. We sat down with Molly (over Zoom, of course) earlier this month to check-in and ask her how she’s continuing to adjust to change.
How has covid-19 impacted your daily activities?
Covid has really changed everything for me. I can’t go to parties or sleepovers. I can’t go to dance, Shape Up, book club, Cooking Capers, or Lift. I still do some of my classes online, but I can’t hug, hold hands, or share snacks with my friends.
How has it impacted how you’re feeling?
I miss seeing all of my friends. I miss seeing my family all the time. I feel sad and mad sometimes and I don’t like to wear a mask. I’m sick of all this. I want to have a party.
How have you stayed connected with family and friends while practicing social distancing?
I see my friends on House Party, FaceTime, and at Zoom classes. We call each other a lot. My brothers, sister, sister-in-law, niece, and nephews still come over and I can hug them. I hang out with my aide, Jess, and do fun things too.
What advice would you give to other people who are struggling with changes to their routine?
They should join Zoom classes with me and call me! I would say it’s okay, you’re going to be alright. We have to make the best of this and we’ll be back together soon.
What are you doing to keep yourself busy and stay positive?
I do lots of art, watch movies, yoga, walk, go sledding, and do other things outside. I talk to my friends and we have nice, wonderful, positive conversations. Today I played with my twin nephews!