To help us spread messages of support from our family to yours, we recently connected with Jade Elektra, CANFAR National Ambassador, and asked her to share her experience living through the pandemic.
How is your mental health right now? What are you doing to manage/cope?
I think I am doing well. I have reached out to my family back in the states and tried to warn them since the White House is not doing all it can to help and save the people of the United States. I have been managing my time by writing. I also have been working on music projects to keep myself busy.
How has COVID impacted your work in drag/DJing gigs?
By March 12, our MINGLE events were cancelled. So, Jade Elektra had no work. And then by March 16 all the bars were closed. So, my weekly gig at The Beaver and my monthly parties at Striker Bar were cancelled until further notice. So, all my philanthropy efforts are on hold until this virus is under control.
How has COVID impacted the way you manage your health?
Well, I probably have gotten a lot more sleep than my body is used to since I have no place to be or a real schedule to keep. I still take my meds on a regular basis but I can feel the weight packing on since I can’t go to the gym. That’s been a major thorn in my side. I was doing really good at working out at least two to three times a week. Now I fear it’s going be really hard to build that momentum again.
What’s it like living through a second pandemic?
Being a 30-year long term survivor of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, I am somehow calm about COVID-19. I already know what it’s like to hear of many people dying and losing friends. I don’t like it or want it to happen but I am strangely not afraid. I know we all have to do our part to keep ourselves and others safe. But I also know that this virus is not going to make me stop caring for others or trying to help those who might be misinformed or mentally not prepared to handle isolation. Besides the texts, emails and phone calls to let people know that someone is checking on them, I have also been using my talents as a DJ to entertain my inner circle by recording and sending music video sets to give them something to focus on other than CNN all day.
What’s the first thing you’re going to do once quarantine is lifted?
April 30th was my 10th anniversary of the day I married my husband. As soon as this is all over, I think I need to book us a vacation or a getaway. We haven’t had a real vacation since our 4th anniversary in 2014 when we went to Zurich.