Good Morning Britain's Kate Garraway has reflected on her husband Derek Draper's recovery and how she herself has been coping amid the immense challenges.
Derek contracted COVID-19 early during the pandemic last year, spending months in hospital before returning home this year – however, he still requires round the clock care due to the damage and side effects of the disease on his body.
Appearing on today's (September 9) This Morning, Kate was asked by presenter Holly Willoughby about who has been supporting her and keeping her on track during the testing time.
"Well that's a very good question," she replied. "I don't know. I'm not even 100% sure I am on track really. I feel like I drop balls all the time. I'm not doing enough for Derek, really."
After speaking of the care options she needs to pursue, Kate admitted: "I am absolutely shattered all the time, but this is the same story for everybody who's involved in the care of others.
"And I am very lucky I have a job, which allows me to keep things going. I haven't had to move yet, so the kids can still go to the same school, keep their friends.
"But I'm not sure I am really, and I think it's friends and people like you guys and everybody at ITV that keep giving me support. But I'm not sure I am on track really, I think I am probably doing a lot of paddling underneath the surface."
She continued: "I was talking to someone else who was caring for somebody in a slightly different situation to Derek, but still with some of the challenges that Derek's got. And they said there is a really weird gnawing loneliness... not to sound ungrateful because he is here and many people aren't.
"But you just want to share with him the problems, and you just want those little looks he'd give you when the kids were doing something. And because he can't, and you keep having to hope he can, you're in a weird strange kind of vortex of almost bereavement but grateful he's alive. It is a very strange feeling."
Kate went on to share that she is taking things "a day at a time", adding that she is "really grateful for the people around [her] that are helping, and that he's here and that he's got a chance".
At the end of the interview, Holly struggled to hold back tears, admitting that Kate had "done so well", while Phillip Schofield called her "a remarkable woman".
This Morning airs weekdays on ITV at 10am. Kate Garraway's book The Power of Hope, reflecting on the family's journey, is available now.
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