TB Personal Stories

Khayr's Story
Mary's Story
Thu's Story
Jackie's Story
Karen's Story

TB is still a life-threatening problem in this country. TB knows no borders, and people here in the United States are suffering from TB. Anyone can get TB. These stories highlight the personal experiences of people who were diagnosed and treated for latent TB infection and TB disease, as well as the work of TB control professionals.

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Jackie had a cough that became so bad she had to stop what she was doing. Her coughing led to dizziness and nausea – seemingly out of nowhere.  Spanish

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After returning home from a trip to the Philippines, Mary and her husband began noticing changes in their 17-month old daughter Zemira. Spanish | Tagalog

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Karen started to feel sick after giving birth to her fourth child. She had a fever, night sweats, and lost her appetite. Worst of all, it was hard to breathe. Spanish

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Khayr was tested for tuberculosis (TB) as part of the college application process.  His doctor told him he had latent TB infection. Spanish

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Thu was tested for tuberculosis (TB) when she came to the United States as an international student from Vietnam. Spanish | Vietnamese

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.

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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.

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. Spanish

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

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. Spanish

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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. Spanish

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. Spanish

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. Spanish

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. Spanish

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.” Spanish

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. Spanish

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. Spanish

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. Spanish

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. Spanish

Page last reviewed: February 26, 2021