The New Normal: Life after surviving coronavirus

Seattle grandmother Sadie Pimpleton was hospitalized with COVID-19 and says she saw the end. She’s now back home with her grandkids, finding ways to help others.

Sadie Pimpleton returned home after spending five days in the hospital with COVID-19. Now she's determined to catch up with her grandkids and help make masks for others to protect themselves from the highly contagious virus.

Sadie Pimpleton is a single grandmother raising her grandchildren in Seattle. She recently survived COVID-19. She spent five days in the hospital and remembers feeling like it was the end for her. She is now back home and adjusting to life in lockdown with her grandkids. She leans on her community of other grandmothers and on her faith for support. The grandmothers group started sewing masks together as a way to cope, by doing something to help others. Pimpleton says things like sewing masks and her church livestreams every Sunday are what get her through each week.

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Dorothy Edwards

Dorothy Edwards

Dorothy Edwards is formerly an associate photo editor at Crosscut.