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Anyone can get TB. TB is spread through the air, and everyone breathes. People with TB can be found in every state – where we work, live, learn, and spend time with family and friends. Explore the full library of TB Personal Stories to hear powerful messages from TB survivors and TB control professionals.

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Kristi was surprised when she found out that the cause of her eye pain was TB uveitis.  Although she was familiar with TB, she never knew that it could be anywhere in the body, not just the lungs. Video

Shaka

Tenzin’s treatment for multi-drug resistant TB lasted for over 2 years. With the help of his local and state TB programs, Tenzin began the long and challenging treatment process. Video

Laura speaks Spanish and English. She wanted to share her story in both languages to further expand the reach of her message and increase the chances of reaching more people to raise awareness about TB. Video

Shaka

As someone who was tested and treated for latent TB infection, Kelcie wants to encourage others to do the same. Video

Like many people, Mildred thought TB could only affect the lungs. She was surprised when she was diagnosed with TB in her epiglottis. With support from her family and nurses from the health department, she completed treatment. Video

Shaka

Once Shaka was diagnosed with TB, he was relieved to finally know what was making him sick. Visits from friends and family helped him through a difficult treatment process. Now Shaka is back to doing what he loves – teaching and performing salsa. Video

As both a TB patient, and a physician who cares for TB patients, Dr. Holland knows the impact TB has on patients’ lives. He wants to increase TB awareness among his health care provider colleagues. Video

Kim Do is a public health professional with 20 years of experience working in TB. He works to build trust with TB patients and helps them to complete treatment. Video

Emily

Emily’s TB was difficult to diagnose. It was not until doctors tested fluid between her heart and lungs that she learned she had TB. After completing treatment, she now works in health care, where she uses her story to connect with and help patients. Video

Jerry

Jerry faced many barriers when he was diagnosed with TB disease. He would have never guessed how much his life would turn around because of TB. Jerry says, “TB actually saved my life, it really did.” Video

Kate became very sick while pregnant with her second child. She was diagnosed with TB and spent more than two months in the hospital. One of her biggest worries during treatment was how the TB medicines would affect her baby. Video

Nauman’s treatment for drug-resistant TB lasted for a year and a half. Side effects from the medications and the length of treatment made completing treatment difficult. Video technology helped make his treatment much more convenient. Video

Nicole was diagnosed with TB shortly after moving to another state. Being away from friends and family, the nurses from the health department gave her much needed support. Video

 

Thomas wasn’t sure what was going to happen when he was diagnosed with TB. He hopes his story will encourage TB patients and health care providers to talk about what to expect during treatment. He also hopes to raise awareness about how TB is spread, and reduce TB-related stigma. Video

Nicole’s Story
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Kate’s Story
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Nauman’s Story
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Nicole’s Story
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Kate’s Story
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Nauman’s Story
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Thomas’ Story
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