In 1990, Chris's mother was a single, independent mom with two teenage daughters. She had realized her dream career of traveling around the U.S. as a medical claims adjuster when she was exposed to TB through a faulty ventilation system at a convention center in Pennsylvania. She took TB medication for 6 months for latent TB, keeping the TB from turning into an active disease.
Chris reflects on how our country has yet to eliminate TB; instead, our healthcare system “manages” it and most Americans have little knowledge of the disease. Chris shares how the stigma of TB followed her mother years later when health care workers, reviewing her health history, demonstrated by their comments and body language that they were in need of greater sensitivity and understanding about TB.
In Chris' words...
Chris, Snohomish County