JANE: How has it been for you personally?
CHRIS: [Pause] For me, equally as hard because I’ve got to protect the business and the income we generate from that and then my family on the other hand who are going through this as well.
As a family unit, we’ve tried to support each other. My wife is a wedding photographer, so her business has been decimated too. We are trying to help each other out as best we can and of course we are both trying to ensure we are both emotionally in a good position.
That’s all partly down to ensuring our son is as well protected both emotionally and physically. He’s five years old and he’s getting to a point where he is starting to understand what is going on. Back in April whilst he was watching TV and all that was going on, he turned round to me and asked ‘Daddy, why is everyone in the world dying?’.
That broke me. I realised then that we needed to make him as happy as we can but with a balance of him understanding what’s going on in the world.
As well as the added pressure of our son being a cardiac kid. We now have the added stress of wondering what is going to happen with our son. He has major heart complications and had two major heart surgeries by the time he was one-year-old, the first being eight hours and the second being twelve hours. What comes with that are respiratory issues too.
We have been so lucky in that his outcome went from being incredibly bleak to being incredibly good. He’s a healthy child who runs around faster than any kid you will meet, but he still has this underlying issue. So, at the start of Covid, our biggest question was what does this mean for our son if he was to get it.
As you can imagine, that on top of the business has been exceptionally stressful! To be honest, I’ve been on autopilot making sure everyone is safe, protected and in a good strong position whilst he also gets a balanced life which is as normal as possible. Playing with friends, getting to go back to school, despite always having that fear in the back of your head.
So yeah, it’s been hard.
JANE: For the last five years you’ve been living on a rollercoaster. Not only with your son but also with Covid hitting and the multiple impacts that has had on you, your family’s life and your businesses. It is so interesting when you get to see behind the doors of people’s lives and what is really going on. The fact that you are here, still smiling and remaining strong, it’s inspirational.
CHRIS: Thank you. It is nice to hear that. Thank you.