Asked for how long she believes she can last prior to the absence of contact has an effect on her, she responds “I understand it already has. It makes me feel emotional just thinking about it,” she states, resisting tears. “But look, it’s what we have to do. I understand that.
” It’s horrible, I actually miss it. I didn’t think I would [miss it] a lot. This is most likely more visible for me since I moved into my own location for the first time in November. Up until November I had constantly had a kid in your home. It’s really bad timing. I like living on my own. I like the solitude but I constantly had contact with individuals.”
Anita Byrne, 47, from Norwich, describes herself as a very tactile – something she puts down to years operating in the charm market. “I do not believe you actually understand you are [tactile] up until it’s removed from you,” she states.
She generally hugs her buddies, snuggles her adult children on the couch and even hugs complete strangers to celebrate goals when supporting her regional football club Norwich City.