This Australian first study (from Western Health and Deakin University) aimed to understand the recovery process from COVID-19 from the patients’ perspective in order to better shape public health responses. Using narrative interviews from 37 Australian adults who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 between six and 10 months prior, the researchers identified three main themes: the varying paths of recovery, a return to ‘their normal’, and the significance of work in recovery. The findings highlight the unpredictability, diversity, and multiple ways that people recover from COVID-19, including the experience of Long COVID. The study underscores that the patient’s lived experiences are vital to devising an effective response to the pandemic, revealing a complex landscape beyond the mere number of cases.