Ramadan has been especially hard for actress Puteri Aishah, who was diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 7.
The 25-year-old flew to Inverness, Scotland, to film a drama series, Demi, on March 9, before the movement control order (MCO) took effect. She flew home on March 31.
A few days after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19, she immediately got herself screened, which confirmed her fears.
The actress spent 11 days being treated at the hospital.
“The first few days in the ward, I felt devastated, discouraged and depressed. I never imagined I would go through this, and go through it alone, ” she tells StarLifestyle.
“Thankfully, the frontliners and the other patients were so supportive. I tried to reduce my worries and I focused on making other people in my ward happy. That’s how I stayed positive.”
After she was discharged, the actress continued to quarantine herself at home.
“The biggest challenge this Ramadan is I couldn’t spend it with my loved ones. There was a time where I felt really sad about it.”
But the Pulang star says the illness and the time spent alone gave her a new perspective on life.
“This experience has changed my life. It helped me deepen my faith. I’ve started to pray five times a day. I’ve started living a healthy and positive lifestyle. I’ve started to appreciate the people who are there for me.
“I’ve started to not take life for granted.”