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Former Coronation Street actress Catherine Tyldesley, 36, has shared a candid post about her struggles during the coronavirus lockdown. The Strictly Come Dancing star posted a photo of herself breaking down in tears in view of her 616,000 Instagram followers this morning after her mum, Janet, was rushed to intensive care with the deadly virus.
Catherine was pictured sobbing in the snap while telling fans she could “barely function” when Janet was hospitalised, which led her to feel “guilty” for not being able to look after her five-year-old son Alfie.
The small-screen star wrote alongside the image: “Lockdown has brought up many emotions for many people.
“Some days have been incredibly hard. Dark. Unworkable. When my mum was in ICU I could barely function.
“It seemed all I could do was cry. I couldn’t parent. My inner child simply craved my mum’s touch…
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“Thus I felt shame/mum guilt for not being able to ‘mother’ my own son.”
Catherine went on to thank her husband Tom Pitfield for supporting her during the upsetting time.
She added: “I’m lucky- I have a brilliant hands-on husband who has been the greatest support to us. Some people don’t have anyone. I can’t bear to imagine that.
“Teamed with a huge change in my hormonal balance – last month was nothing short of horrendous.
“It’s massively important to me that we all #TALK. We must help each other.”
Catherine then encouraged her followers who were also going through a hard time to take part in her Instagram live for Mental Health Awareness Week.
She concluded: “That is why TODAY at 1pm I am joining the most wonderful panel to do just that … talk. We will be going live on @drjonquillechantrey at 1pm.”
Fans took to the comments section of Catherine’s post to share their thoughts.
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One person wrote: “You are not alone. Our weakness and our emotions become our strength as a woman and as a mother.”
Another added: “Thank you for sharing and helping others like myself feel it’s ok to feel how we feel xxx.”
Earlier this month Catherine told fans her mum was left needing emergency surgery following her battle with coronavirus.
Fortunately, she is now home and in recovery.
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The soap star said at the time: “In the six days she spent in ICU she witnessed heartbreak and miracles. Each time I spoke to her describing the medical staff as ‘angels’. My mum has spent a week of her life with the greatest of heroes.
“Today I received the miraculous news that I could take her home. I’ve never felt more Gratitude in my life.
“I for one will be continuing to ‘give thanks’ and prayer each Thursday – past lockdown to all the heroes still fighting, to all the hero’s we’ve lost and to all the families unable to be with loved ones.”
She added: “Do not stop giving. Do not stop hoping. Do NOT stop clapping. Do NOT stop praying. Do NOT stop counting small blessings. Stay safe. Save lives.
“There IS a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.”
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