SOMERSET business owner Sam Munslow has released a book documenting her battle with long Covid.

In it, Sam, 49, who lives in Kewstoke, near Weston-super-Mare, charts her physical and mental ‘coronacoaster’ since April 2020.

She describes herself as “an attitude adjuster, a leadership coach, a mental health and wellbeing coach”.

Before the pandemic she was a fit, active, busy working mum.

Then she contracted Covid and her life became nearly unrecognisable.

“Long Covid stole the real, awesome me and left an exhausted, useless lump”, she said.

Her initial bout of Covid was gruelling and scary, with Sam close to being hospitalised at one point due to very low oxygen levels.

But even as she felt she was over the worst, her recovery was punctuated by relapses, some extremely serious.

It is this slow, arduous path that made her – and her loved ones – wonder if she would ever be the same person she was before coronavirus.

Her book, We Will Covive, is part diary, part reflections and learning, and she hopes it will help others struggling to make sense of their long Covid experience, this new illness that we still know very little about.

Sam added: “People suffering from the effects of long Covid – or indeed any long-term illness – often feel weighed down with the guilt of being carried by their partner, colleagues or even their children.

“I’ve been there, I’m doing that, and I’ve written this book for you.

“I hope that fellow ‘longhaulers’ and their families can use my diary to see that they are not alone, use my reflections to ponder on the reality of their own thinking, and use what I have learned to help them see past the mental self-harming that goes with the physical limitations of a long-term illness.”