17 Days Until World TB Day

March is the month that you are likely to hear more about TB than any other month throughout the year.  That is because World TB Day is March 24 and it seems this is the only time for the media to grab your attention.  I am not faulting the media.  I believe we simply have not invested in TB education and consequently have allowed the ignorance and stigma of TB to remain in our communities around the globe.  

For a disease that yearly claims the lives of 1.3 million people who simply took in breaths of air filled with TB bacteria, one would think we would all have a solid baseline of knowledge about this global epidemic.  But here in the US, we do not.  TB is preventable, treatable, and curable. Yet TB is a complicated disease to treat that requires all players at the top of their game:  public health systems; researchers, doctors, pharmaceuticals, public health nurses, and outreach workers.  These are all critical roles in fighting TB. But who have we forgotten? We have forgotten the person with TB and their support systems who are absolutely paramount to educating our community about TB.   They are key to fighting the TB stigma and bringing compassion and increased care to those suffering from TB today.  Participants of the TB Voices Project want to be part of this movement of TB educators and advocates.  They chose to openly share their  stories so that others could learn about TB and provide inspiration and hope to those currently with TB.  We know there are many more TB stories out there.  Maybe you want to share your story.

If  as US citizens are not educated about even the basics of TB and how it impacts entire families and communities,  the global TB epidemic, with its emergence of multidrug resistant TB strains will be lost on us.  We want to change this.  Our TB Voices stories are just the beginning.  




18 Days Until World TB Day

I am getting so excited for you and our TB Voices participants to view our TB Voices Exhibition, open to the public March 17-28 at the Snohomish Health District (3020 Rucker Avenue in Everett.) 

Join us at the exhibition on a special day, March 21st at 1pm, where we will commemorate the TB Voices Participants and gather together to recognize World TB Day. 

TB Voices Project will also be featured at a World TB Day event at Seattle's Town Hall on March 24.  Here is the link to that evening Town Hall event.

19 Days Until World TB Day

Today we have been receiving such positive feedback about our website!  Thank you all for taking the time to read through the many powerful TB stories and calling and sharing your personal stories!  There are more coming as the days count down to March 24, World TB Day.

Thanks to Chuck Felton of Texas who called to say he has spent many days listening to our stories and was particularly moved by Christine's story about bovine TB.  Chuck spent several of his teenage years in the Cresson sanatorium in Pennslyvannia.  In the past 5 years, he has created a website Cresson Sanatorium Remembered and organized a reunion at the Cresson Sanatorium for former staff and patients.  A documentary produced by David Solomon of WQED became an Emmy Award winning documentary about the Cresson Sanatorium in Pennsylvania, Cresson: Remembering Life at "The San"  featuring Chuck and those who shared in the Cresson TB experience.





It's March 4 and World TB Day is 20 days away

There may not be greeting cards commemorating March 24th as World TB Day, but here in Washington State, we are calling attention to TB in a way rarely done in the United States.  28 participants from the Puget Sound area have come forward to share their TB experiences with you.  They want you to learn the importance of supporting people with TB.  They want you to know you can cure TB, and for those with this disease, you can fight! 

So, let's countdown to World TB Day together so that we can raise awareness that TB is still present in our communities.  Let's start by listening to those who have TB stories to share.