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“It Broke Me Physically”, Says Actress Malaika Arora As She Shares Her COVID Recovery Journey And Struggles

“Walking 2 steps felt like a herculean task. Sitting up, just stepping out of bed, wanting to stand in my window was a journey in itself”, wrote actress Malaika Arora as she shared her COVID-19 experience

“It Broke Me Physically”, Says Actress Malaika Arora As She Shares Her COVID Recovery Journey And Struggles
  • Malaika Arora tested negative for COVID-19 after three weeks
  • The fitness enthusiast says the recovery was ‘not easy’
  • After 32 weeks, Ms Arora is able to workout the way she used to before

New Delhi: “What defines strength?”, asked actress Malaika Arora through an Instagram post as she shared her COVID-19 experience and talked about the recovery phase at length. The 47-year-old actress had tested positive for COVID last year in September. Though the actress tested negative after three weeks but following that, the recovery phase was “not easy”. Ms Arora, a known fitness enthusiast, revealed that people assumed that the recovery “must have been so easy” for her. In response to that, the actress wrote,

Easy!? Boy! That, it was not. I tested positive on the 5th of September and it was really bad. Anyone out there calling a COVID recovery easy, is either blessed with great immunity or isn’t aware of the struggles of COVID. Having gone through it myself, ‘easy’ is not the word I’d choose. It broke me physically. Walking 2 steps felt like a herculean task. Sitting up, just stepping out of bed, wanting to stand in my window was a journey in itself.

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Talking more about the post-COVID-19 phase, the actor said that she gained weight, felt weak and lost stamina. She further added,

I finally tested negative on the 26th of September and I was so grateful that I did. But the weakness stayed. I felt disappointed that my body wasn’t supporting how my mind felt. I was afraid that I’d never gain back my strength. I wondered whether I’d even be able to complete one activity in 24 hours.

Working out was quite a struggle for Ms Arora. However, the actress didn’t lose hope. She fought the weakness day after day; as a result of which, after 32 weeks of testing negative, the fitness enthusiast is back on track.

My first workout, was brutal. I couldn’t do anything well. I felt broken. But Day 2, I got back up and I told myself, I am my own maker. And then day 3 and 4 and 5 and so on. It’s been about 32 weeks since I tested negative and I finally have started to feel like myself again. I’m able to workout the way I used to before I tested positive. I’m able to breathe better and I feel strong both physically and mentally, she wrote.

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What kept her going? Well, as Ms Arora says, it was the four-letter word ‘hope’ that pushed her. “The hope that it’s all going to be okay, even when it feels like it’s not okay”, she wrote.

Concluding the post, Ms Arora thanked everyone for all the wishes that kept her spirits high and prayed for the world’s recovery.

I come out of this phase with 2 words – grit and gratitude, she wrote.

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Malaika Arora is one of the first few celebrities to take the COVID-19 vaccine jab as soon as the government rolled out vaccination for everyone above the age of 45. Ms Arora took the first dose of the vaccine on April 1 and shared a picture of herself getting vaccinated on social media.

I took the first dose of the COVID vaccine. Because #wereinthistogether ! Let’s go warriors, let’s win this #WarAgainstVirus. Don’t forget to take yours soon and a special mention to our amazing frontline workers, who were so caring and vigilant and also went about doing everything with a smile. THANK YOU and yes I am eligible to take the vaccine, she wrote.

Also Read: In Pictures: Actors Who Have Received COVID-19 Vaccination

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene

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