When entering the Next Normal and life after the pandemic, it’s important to remember one thing.
We aren’t entering the next chapter of our story without having achieved anything.
While the global socio-economic landscape is changing because of this new viral neighbour and its bad attitude, humans – as the adaptive, resilient creatures that we are – can bounce back.
And, in many cases, we already have.
Below, I’ve outlined 5 amazing stories of people with coronavirus – and how their lives changed as a result.
A common trait amongst all these individuals: their paradigm shift.
From thinking about other things in their daily life, to adopting “20-20 Thinking”, and re-assessing the world around them.
This frame of thinking is brought about by the Corona Dilemma, which I discuss here, that pervades our lives so explicitly.
These coronavirus survival stories will make you re-think how you think, so people prepared for some inspiration.
With over two million cases of coronavirus to date, and over 50,000 deaths, it is a no-brainer that New York is an absolute hotspot of COVID-19 activity.
But this wasn’t always the case.
Brittany Boccio from Laurel Hollow, New York, went about life in the early stages of the outbreak. She ended up experiencing one of the many coronavirus survival stories in New York.
Upon suspecting her contraction of COVID-19, she realised the severity of the situation and isolated herself from friends and family – specifically isolating herself from her sister, being a sufferer of cystic fibrosis.
As her symptoms worsened, she correctly deemed it necessary to go to a hospital and receive treatment from professionals. Upon admission, it was discovered via x-ray that she had developed a case of double lung pneumonia, being potentially fatal.
This altered Brittany’s mindset from being naïve about the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 and being adversely affected by the virus due to her good health and young age.
However, as with many other people, she came to learn that we humans are now reminded of our fragile mortality, forging a greater appreciation of her life and the harrowing situation that we are all confronted by.
In times like these, it’s important to focus on the things we can control and try to remain optimistic – not live in fear, but to take care of yourself and the people around you.Brittany Boccio
You can read more about Brittany’s story here.
Elsa Lisseth Reyes-Amaya
Much like Brittany, Elsa had a family member that she needed to protect from the coronavirus.
But this relative was not her sister.
She hadn’t even been born into this world yet.
Elsa’s relative was her unborn daughter during her second trimester.
Upon contracting COVID-19 around March, Elsa’s health worsened to the point of her coming down with pneumonia and being admitted to a hospital. While experiencing respiratory failure and pneumonia, she also developed early signs of sepsis.
Despite these massive setbacks, Elsa was able to recover and eventually gave birth to a baby girl named Sofia, serving as the birth of one of the more uplifting coronavirus stories.
Her stance towards the seriousness of COVID-19 was made clear.
I’ve seen other people who go out and do not take precautions. I am not a doctor, but I do know that if we end up having to live with COVID-19 in our community, people will have to take care of themselves and their families and stay safe.Elsa Lisseth Reyes-Amaya
The effects of her experience, nearly losing her child and her own life, allowed for her perception to change.
It forged a new thought process of what she and others need to do to get through the pandemic, enabling a practice of 20-20 Thinking.
Read more about Elsa’s story here.
Gerry and Georgene Stephens
But young families aren’t the only victims.
We must also focus on how this disease has affected and changed the perspectives of a family that has been together for fifty years.
Gerry and Georgene Stephens were close to celebrating fifty years of marriage, at which point Gerry was stricken with a bout of respiratory issues because of contracting the virus.
Georgene experienced symptoms in the same week.
After spending two weeks in the intensive care unit, Gerry was allowed back home. But he wasn’t allowed to make physical contact with his beloved wife.
Once they had both recovered to a sufficient degree, they decided to forgo their fiftieth anniversary plans and, instead, opted to appreciate each other to the best of their abilities.
They found pleasure in the previously insignificant aspects of their daily routine, such as eating breakfast together and going for strolls.
It’s obvious, especially in this case, that the virus that has pushed strangers apart with the implementation of social distancing and no-contact rules.
But it’s has conversely brought families and households closer together through the fear of losing that contact that we all take for granted.
That right there is 20-20 Thinking in its most beautiful form.
Read more about their story here.
Roger and Ria
The fear of being infected with COVID-19 creates an almost neurotic, germophobic effect in a lot of people for exceptionally good reason.
However, for many, the fear of being the infector is of equal consequence, especially when those you infect may be the ones that you love.
Roger and Ria from Brisbane, Queensland in Australia had returned from a skiing trip in Austria.
They took the precaution of getting tested, initially testing negative.
But upon learning a lady on their trip had been infected, they got tested again.
Roger’s results coming back positive – despite being asymptomatic.
With this news, he isolated himself from his family while living under the same roof and always took efforts to avoid them.
Roger, at this point, was living like an outcast in his own home, living much like a leper, yearning for the contact that he had so recently appreciated.
After being deemed clear of COVID-19, he very much understood that this disease could happen to absolutely anyone and that the attitude of many people taking their liberties for granted was effectively wrong.You could not know you have it and spread it around to everyone you see. Surely that’s enough reason to be careful.
Every person discussed so far had experienced the virus at some point, leading to their change in perspective.
Each individual has clearly applied their own version of 20-20 Thinking, and progressed towards their own next normal.
Jason Jahanian is no different.
Jason was a healthy man from Colorado, USA. He was a marathon runner and the “epitome of health”, according to his wife.
But in April 2020, their world changed when Jason was diagnosed with COVID-19 and taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center for treatment.
HJe was was put on a ventilator, his condition getting worse, and he was sent to the Medical Center of Aurora.
He was unconscious for two weeks as doctors tried to treat him with an experimental medicine.
But after that, he improved. And he was able to finally go home.
He experienced COVID-19’s effect: the large-scale lockdowns so commonly acquainted with the virus.
Life has a whole new meaning, walking outside has a whole new meaning, rolling down the window has a new meaning.Jason Jahanian
We hear you Jason. We hear you.
Watch an inspiring interview with Jason right here.
Coronavirus is our story of survival
These 5 uplifting stories of people with coronavirus are just the tip of the iceberg.
There are millions more.
So important is important for us to remain grounded, and to identify what is important to us in life in the face of our Corona Dilemma.
This global event cannot be avoided.
But with society changing and growing by the day, and meeting struggle with strength – I am confident we can enter into the next normal with success.