I suffer from Chronic fatigue syndrome which is an immune system disorder.
I wasn't feeling well at the time of vaccination and felt uneasy about getting it but had no choice to wait due to a mandate for my job.
After my first dose I remained in my bed in a dark room for the best part of 3 months.
I'm still recovering even now after 6 months.
At the time I suffered from brain fog so acute I felt like I was looking through hundreds of layers of glass blocking me from the outside world and I was trapped in a body that was frozen in shock and pain.
I couldn't stand even moderate sounds, stinging sensations pulsated through my nerves and I'd spend nights in fear that I wouldn't be able to hold on, calling my dad in the middle of the night to pray for me to make it till morning.
My joints and muscles ached with pain and consumed my every moment. If I tried to talk from a standing position I'd prepare myself to fall by making sure a seat was right behind me. Often when I would rise from the toilet I'd feel the same overwhelming sensation of falling. I had started walking every day prior to vaccination but afterwards, even the stairs to my room were too much.
My chest was heavy with stabbing sensations and it hurt to breathe. The pain in my chest was so acute I was sure I was having a heart attack and was rushed to hospital one evening by ambulance.
It's been 6 months, I've started to go walking again.
I've spent nearly 20 years building respect in a career I love. The job as it was has gone, my career in tatters along with my reputation.
My doctor applied for exemption after direction from scientist Professor Warren Tate - a specialist in cases like mine, and someone who has been advocating for sufferers of CFS. His recommendations for exemption have been ignored.
The physical pain and physiological torment from the denial of any responsibility by the MOH and government has greatly wounded me in ways that I'll never forget.
Not knowing how I would provide for myself while laying in my dark room was constantly on my mind.
I know many have suffered greatly and some more than me. It would be healing to have some validation for our suffering. It feels like we are the forgotten, rejected and cast aside for the sake of a Government determined to keep their pristine Covid image.