Ingrid Schoeman

I contracted drug-resistant TB in 2012 after being treated with immune suppressive therapy for ulcerative colitis.

I had to take treatment for two years. It felt like a massive wave crashing over me. It was very hard to be sick; the medication caused nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting. I almost died from liver failure caused by the TB medication and was in a coma for a few days.

I thought of giving up, but by God’s grace, the love, kindness and support from family, friends and the medical team, I am now cured and healthy.
I don’t know how people who are marginalised get through this and feel strongly that more should be done to support patients with TB, not only practically with nutritional support or transport, but also emotionally.

TB is curable; I’m now healthy and cured – life does get better again!

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