July 4, 2011
Churchill Opera from Uganda: "If I take my drugs, I just lie on my bed. I’m tired all the time."
TB&ME is a collaborative blogging project by patients being treated for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in locations all around the world. They are writing about their experiences of living with MDR-TB and the treatment that they receive. This treatment can often involve taking upwards of 20 pills a day for 24 months and suffering many painful side effects from the toxic drugs.
Read "Fully Sick Bloggers Tell TB As It Is", courtesy of Sarah Boseley's Global Health Blog, at guardian.co.uk
Colisile Lushaba from Swaziland: "I do get a lot of emotional support from my family, but financially we are struggling."
Madan Mishra in Mumbai, India: "People stare at me if I am wearing a mask."
Mildred Fernanda in the Philippines: "I was 19 years old and was at my last semester in college when I was diagnosed."
Jabulile Sithole in Swaziland: "The exciting news for me over the past month has been the result of my last sputum test."
Fully Sick Rapper in Australia: "Tomorrow, I am scheduled to have my last dose of TB medications."
Grace Lamwaka in Uganda: "People think I have HIV, but I know I don’t have HIV. I’m only suffering from TB."
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