I am a 30-year-old (2020) and live in Cape Town. In 2010, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was forced to stop my studies at Cape Peninsula University of Technology to go for treatment. Despite this, my condition did not improve, and after about five months of treatment, first for “normal” TB and then for multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), I was finally diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), the deadliest form of the disease.
Stigma continues to be a major barrier to providing high quality person-centred TB care. TB Proof is committed to destigmatising all forms of TB.
Against all odds, I was cured from XDR-TB in 2013, but was deaf. I got a once in a lifetime chance to hear again. In 2015, I underwent a surgery for Cochlear Implants and now I can hear! I recently graduated from the University of Cape Town.
TB is curable, the treatment is horrible but to stay alive I had to take it…to those who have TB, it is not the end of the world. There’s life after TB.