NORTH AUGUSTA, SC (WFXG) - We’ve been dealing with COVID-19 for more than a year in America. For some, it feels like time has dragged on even longer than that. And it’s stretching their mental health to the limit.

Even in her darkest of days, Fran McCormick still finds a reason to sing. “I was scared, I was scared.”

But the time of the year usually reserved for thanksgiving, became a time of mourning. “We just had a birthday in December and we couldn’t even celebrate it.”

Just months after losing her sister, she lost her twin brother to COVID-19. “There’s just so many things that I miss about him and my sister. And it takes its toll on you.”

However, instead of sadness, she’s renewed by the memories and their special moments. And now perhaps the most difficult part of letting go.

“We have so many memories out here, and you can see in the background what we’re having to do now to sell his things, and that’s hard to do.”

But she’ll always recall her time with him. In December, they would’ve celebrated their 78th birthday together. That time was one they'd always share with a special card. “And he would write something special in each corner to me, and he would do that for years, and I’m going to miss all of that too.”

Her faith has never wavered. “I read my Bible every day and I have my moments with God every morning, and that gets me through it.” And through that faith and her still strong voice, she’s sending a message to others: You can get through this.

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