Phumeza Tisile

My name is Phumeza Tisile, I am 27-years-old (2017) 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 multi-drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), I was finally diagnosed with extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB), the deadliest form of the disease. MDR-TB treatment left me deaf, and I was told more than once that I might die from TB as my chances of surviving it were 20%.

Against all odds, in 2013 I was cured from XDR-TB, but was deaf. I got a once in a life time chance to hear again. In 2015 I underwent a surgery for Cochlear Implants and now I can hear! I am studying again at 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.