Corona Chronicles

Corona Chronicles

This page is for you who has covid-19 as well as you who is healthy and would like to read a personal story about how this virus can affect a person, both physically and mentally.

My name is Nanda and I believe in the power of sharing, vulnerability and honesty. From this space I have chosen to write and publish my experience of having (long-term) covid-19. Thousands of people have read my writing so far and I have received an overwhelming amount of feedback (thank you!) on the value of it in these times, which touches me deeply.

I have therefore decided to create this page which contains an overview of my different writings about covid-19 so they are easy to find based on what you want to read about.

It would be brilliant if this page could spread as much as possible, so it can reach even more people in these times. Feel free to share it in your circles.

I sincerely hope that my words can be of help or inspiration to you!

With love ♥

Week 2: The Elephant on my Lungs

After a growing sense of being ill with different (weird) symptoms for nine days, I woke up in the middle of the night and could hardly breathe. I seriously thought I was going to die. Here is what I did in this acute situation and what helped me cope.

Week 4: Thoughts from my Cocoon

After a month of being really ill, it felt like I was inside a cocoon where everything was upside down and nothing in my life felt certain anymore. I found some great tips on how to deal with experiencing the so-called liminal space of being and the value of truly letting go.

Week 6: A Covid-19 Update

From pretty much declaring myself healthy after six weeks, I suddenly experienced a major relapse in symptoms that made me end up in a Corona-tent outside the hospital. I was checked out and sent home with orders to fully rest. It made me reflect upon gratitude for life.

Week 9: Covid-19: My Tips and Insights

I declared myself healthy and decided to share my tips and insights I gained from having covid-19. Oh, how happy I was! Little did I know that it was far from over…

Week 10: Corona Brain

Major relapse AGAIN. This time I experienced severe brain fog. I decided to call it Corona Brain. This is when anxiety started with thoughts such as What if I will never get rid of this completely? Apart from difficulty to breathe, Corona Brain is by far the worst and most scary symptom I have experienced so far. Here is my description on how Corona Brain felt for me.

Week 11: Boring the Virus to Death

By this time I hardly recognized my body anymore as it had so many different symptoms. So how did I cope with all of them at the same time and not lose my mind completely? Here is a description of a major key I found in dealing with covid-19 symptoms.

Week 11: Voices of Covid-19

I joined several online support groups for people with covid-19 and the stories of thousands of people all over the world were shocking to read. As these groups are private, I decided I wanted to compile some of these voices (anonymously of course) in an attempt to raise awareness for the group of people who are dealing with long-haul covid-19. I wrote about people’s voices in English, Swedish and Dutch as well as listed links to different online support groups.

Week 12: Glittery Dinosaur in Space

Finally the news covered a positive event! The SpaceX launch inspired me tremendously and made me reflect on our incredible capacity as human beings to achieve pretty much anything. I realized that I have a choice where I put my focus in the midst of my ongoing symptoms and that gave me some relief.

Week 13: The Human Experience of Covid-19

I noticed that many people aren’t believed by their family/friends and even doctors so I felt the need to explain, once and for all: Covid-19 is a physical problem, not a spiritual or mental one. I wrote about my biggest resource in dealing with long-haul covid-19.

Week 14: Radical Resting

Spoon theory! I’d never heard of it but it really helped me a lot in dealing with post viral fatigue. Here is what the Spoon-theory is about and how you can use it to deal with post viral fatigue.

Week 15: The Guesthouse

Day 105. I celebrate small physical victories (a walk on my street!) while at the same time keeping focus on my mental health and describe what helps me at this moment today.

Week 16: Life of a Long-Hauler

I realize that I haven’t worn jeans or a bra since March 12th and I sat down to calculate how many episodes of different TV series I have seen so far (hint: it’s crazy). Here is a list of (weird) details of my life these days. Also, a deep respect for anyone who is dealing with serious health conditions…!

Week 17: Resilient Surfer

Fighter, warrior. Victim, sufferer. I notice that these words are sometimes used to describe people with covid-19 (or any other health condition really). I feel a resistance towards these words and inquired into why this is.

Week 18: Healing From Long Covid

I’m having more and more good days! I also inquired into my sadness and what it means to have a loving attitude towards myself.

Week 19: Accepting Long Covid

Three years ago, I took a six-month timeout and moved to a little village by the sea in Spain because I wanted to know what would happen in my life if I stopped all doing and started just being. It turns out: I don’t have to move to another country to learn about myself and being in life, having Long Covid fixes that for me, right here at home as well! Here are some more insights and two things that help me greatly in my recovery.

Week 20: Greetings From Noisy Village

For the first time in five months I had the energy to leave my house in Stockholm and travel to the Swedish countryside to stay at a house in Astrid Lindgren’s Bullerbyn (Noisy Village). I notice how out of touch I feel with living a ‘normal’ life and how I’m still fearful of relapsing.

Week 22: Shell-shocked

A part of me feels like a soldier returning home from having fought a war. I realize I need time in order for my body to heal and process everything that’s happened for the past 5.5 months. I also find a thread in all my stories about covid-19 and the gift I believe this experience has given me.

Week 24: Long Covid: My Tips And Insights

On the day that marks six months for me, I decided to write an addition to my previous Tips & Insights-post that I wrote in Week 9 (when I thought it was all behind me). A lot has happened since then and there is a huge difference between being ill for nine weeks and being ill for six months, I have noticed. So here are five more tips and insights from me.

Week 26: The Gift Of Long Covid

I feel incredibly alive! I also feel that Long Covid is one of the biggest gifts of my life (I realize that this might be a provocative statement to some of you). Here is my answer to why I feel this way.

Week 27: The Social Dilemma Of Long Covid

How do I know which information about covid-19 and Long Covid is true? This is a question I have asked myself a lot over the past months. After watching the Netflix documentary /The Social Dilemma_ I was once again made super-aware of ‘the dark side of tech’ as it highlights a global situation that I believe deserves to be placed right next to climate change in terms of its threat to us as human beings. Here is why I feel this way.

Week 28: Touchdown

Apparently this is my being-inspired-by-stuff-I-see-on-Netflix period. This time I watched Away with Hilary Swank about (spoiler alert!) the first humans to land on Mars. Complete fiction of course but still it made me ugly-cry in front of my TV as I somehow connect the story of the series to my own journey of the past 28 weeks.

Week 29: Long Covid Feelings

I feel a bit all over the place this week. My 100th blog post and #23 of these Corona Chronicles that now have been read more than 20.000 times by people from all over the world (!). Here is how I (try to) cope with my reality today.

Week 31: Time

I feel like I’ve lost my acceptance. This frustrates me! Here is how I used my own words to get out of the hole I dug myself into.

Week 32: Windows

I discovered a brilliant website that allows me to virtually open different windows all over the world. I noticed how soothing this feels for me and also how it inspires me to just be.

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These are my stories so far. If I publish more, I will include them on this page as well.

Thank you for reading!

Photo: Me in my garden in week 14 – made on canva.com


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6 Comments
  1. I share a lot of empathy with you as I contracted COVID myself. I’m struggling since the 7th March and I’m still not my normal self again!
    Unfortunately I never really went on sick leave as I was even working from my bed!
    Doctors didn’t take this seriously unless you’re in a complete respiratory distress. The GP refused to see me twice telling me to take paracetamol! Until three weeks later when I struggled with my breathing. Eventually I had a lung scan and the GP then prescribed antibiotics over the phone.
    Two months I tried to see my cardiologist as I stayed exhausted and short of breath but she refused to see me as she feared that I’ll contract her with COVID.
    Very very sad….
    This is a very nasty virus but I’m so thankful to be still alive even if I’m still struggling!
    I need a good long relaxing holiday far away from work and worries which is impossible due to the travel ban!
    Apparently the recovery can take up till 6 months…
    We need to stay positive and taking one day at a time!
    Good luck with your recovery journey!
    Keep the SMILE!

    1. Thank you Ronél! And about the SMILE: always! 🙂 I hope you will feel better soon. Love from Stockholm ♥

  2. Thank you so much for sharing! This is my 13th week and today has been a tough day but reading your text has helped a lot. Good luck with your recovery and many warm regards from the westcoast🧡

    1. Tack Bodil! I hope your tommorrow will be a lighter day. Glad my writing could help you today! Love from Stockholm ♥

  3. Hi Nanda, I’m also a Long Hauler, now I’m in my 20 week covid life, feeling a little more better. I got infected on an airplane trip late march. (how I regret that I took that flight, anyway) I lost 10 kg from April till May, which were the worst months of this disease. Now I just give up of traditional medicine, because they found everything “OK”, even they sent me to a psychologist because they think that I have panic attacks. For me this blog has giving me peace that I’m not alone in this painful journey. Keep in touch Nanda.

    1. Hi Shyla, thank you for reaching out! I’m really happy to hear that my writing is helping you. You are definitely not alone, there are thousands of people like us all over the world. I hope you will get the help you need! With love from Stockholm ♥

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