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Her ‘new normal’: Rev. Heidi Heath shares personal battle as a COVID-19 ‘long hauler’ – News –

EXETER — The Rev. Heidi Heath just wants to feel normal again.

She hasn’t felt like herself since battling what her doctors now believe was COVID-19.

“Since March I haven’t had a 24-hour period free from pain,” said Heath, who up until June served as interim chaplain and director of religious and spiritual life at Phillips Exeter Academy. “It just feels like in a fundamental way my body doesn’t belong to me anymore.”

Heath, 37, is considered a “long hauler,” defined by the medical community as people experiencing symptoms of the illness many weeks or even months after having it.

Heath said her doctors do not know how long it will take to fully recover or if she will ever feel like her old self. “There is no magic cure you can take, but they can treat the symptoms, which for me is the pain,” Heath said.

In July, the

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