I had never been in a shoe store before.
I had been walking to a store in Sydney’s north-west when I was diagnosed with the virus.
It was one of the worst days of my life.
I was told my family and friends were ill, but the thought of going to the doctor made me think, Why do I have to go?
It made me feel like I was living a lie.
For three weeks I felt as if I had lost everything.
I went shopping, but nothing was selling.
I got a job as a delivery boy, but my family would not take me back.
I felt abandoned.
I started getting calls from my friends and family.
I realised there was something more at stake than just money and health.
I decided to leave my job and get my life back together.
In the beginning I felt suicidal, but I realised I had nothing to lose.
I knew I was only one of many people who had suffered similar experiences.
My story has touched a nerve.
It’s been shared around the world, and I’ve also received thousands of messages of support.
What did you find most upsetting about the coronave?
It was just the fear of what would happen next.
You have no idea how many people have gone through the same thing.
My family was devastated, I was crying for days.
My parents are both still in hospital.
I have a few more months of hospitalisation and a few surgeries to go.
I can’t believe it’s all over.
My mum is now in a wheelchair and I have some sort of physical disability.
It is the first time I have ever been physically able to walk, but it is the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
I do think about how I have always been an introvert, so this is a big relief.
What were some of your biggest fears?
My biggest fear was that I might get sick, but luckily, my body is good.
I’m confident enough to walk again, so I’m OK.
I would have loved to have been able to visit my mother, but unfortunately it wasn’t possible.
My dad is still very sick, and my mum and I are staying at a hotel together.
But I can see that the recovery will be slow.
What’s the best thing you’ve learnt from your experience?
It has made me a stronger person, a lot more aware of the dangers of the virus and the ways I can keep myself safe.
I’ve learnt a lot about what it means to be vulnerable and how to avoid things like buying online.
I also think about what I can do to make sure my family’s well-being is not compromised.
How did you feel when you found out you had the virus?
I was so sad, but in the end, I didn’t want to lose them. I didn