Ellisha Weldon, 22, from London

I am a mental health nurse and have largely worked throughout the pandemic, including direct care to Covid-positive patients. I was unwell back in February 2020. I assumed I had a cold/flu type illness as Covid wasn't prominent in the UK at that time. I was off for a week and then returned to my job.

As I was working in the NHS I got offered a Covid antibody test in June which came back positive. Then, in July of 2020, I became very unwell quite suddenly. From going to work one week to being unable to leave my bed in crippling pain the next.

I have been off work since with severe back pain, fatigue, breathlessness and brain fog.

Nobody is taking me seriously. I have been off work for months and been begging for support. I find it so hard that I gave my all during the first wave of the pandemic, risking my own health and that of my family, to now have all doors closed on me when I need it the most.

I had recently moved out of my family home to gain some independence but now I am reliant on the help of family and friends to meet a large amount of my needs.

How can the NHS be expected to give care and keep the UK well if the front-line staff are not receiving support?

I feel betrayed.

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