Jeannette was six years old when she was sent to Laurel Beach TB Sanatorium in West Seattle in l943. For two and one-half years she was the only child at the sanatorium. A girl her age was admitted in 1945 and became her roommate and childhood friend. Their schooling was conducted by a TB patient who was a public school teacher. Gas was rationed making visits from her family very special. Jeannette was released in l947, starting back to school in step with her schoolmates. In telling her TB story, Jeannette found relief from the stigma she had been harboring which is common to the TB experience.
In Jeannette's words...
Jeannette, Snohomish County