COREY Goryl still wakes up in a cold sweat, his sleep littered with dreams he's falling.
Life as he knew it changed five weeks ago when he was pushing a wheelbarrow upstairs at major Sunshine Coast shopping centre construction site, and he fell from scaffolding.
His leg was snapped in half, broken in 15 places, leaving him in agony. From there the nightmares began.
A full cast and surgery later, the 43-year-old is unable to work. He has screws in his knee cap and pins all down his leg.
Corey and his partner Paula McCulloch live in a unit overlooking Happy Valley. With 60 stairs to climb, he is unable to get up and down safely unaided and they're forced to leave their little parcel of paradise.
With an estimated 6-18 months off work, they can't afford to wait around.
"I consider myself a fit person," Mr Goryl said. "But it is just so hard getting up and down the stairs."
"Just to get up off the couch and get a drink of water is painful. But 60 stairs on crutches and back up is too difficult.
"I've no idea how long it will take to walk again. I might have to learn how to again. I just don't know.
"A lot depends on how I handle it mentally. I get bad dreams where I wake up falling."
Currently the couple are surviving on the bare minimum with no steady income to support them.
Ms McCulloch as diagnosed with breast cancer 14 years ago, which recently reared its nasty head out of the blue.
"It will be a really tough time, she goes in for radiation and chemotherapy soon," he said.
"We rent here but really need to try and move to a low ground unit but our agent can't really help us.
"We don't want to leave this place, it is so beautiful here and we have such nice views but I don't think we have much choice about it.
"They don't tell you of all the added costs, which keep stacking up. Just getting to the hospital or out and about costs money.
"We are just trying to get by but the savings are running out."
The family of the pair have set up a GoFundMe page to help them get by.
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