"I have two children and two granddaughters, but I don’t see them nearly as much as I’d like to. My daughter lives down in London and my son lives nearby, but he has health issues that stop us from seeing each other very often. When he became very ill, we even stopped talking on the phone because it was too hard for him to breathe. That was when I realised I’d gone five weeks without speaking to anyone at all.
Loneliness, to me, is no one to talk to, no one to laugh with. I have a lot of health conditions and, when you’re on your own, that can make you feel isolated and desperate. There’s only you to do the housework and sort out any problems. There are some things I just can’t do, no matter how hard I try – and that’s difficult to accept. I still feel 16 inside, but my body certainly doesn’t!"