In the mid-1960’s, Karen was living in Germany with her husband, a U.S. Army physician, when she was diagnosed with TB.  Karen was caring for her toddler and a newborn when the doctors sent her into isolation at the Nuremburg Hospital.  Later tests showed she was not positive for TB, but the Army protocol was rolling and there was no looking back. Her family's life was uprooted and their future rapidly changed course. 

In Karen's words...

Being diagnosed with TB changed our lives. We signed up for nine more months in the military; canceled my husband’s residency; I was isolated from my kids; and in the end, I gained a general appreciation for the importance of health and that keeping healthy is really critical to a quality of life.
When you get a diagnosis of tuberculosis or any kind of chronic debilitating disease, you have to really find inner resources in the midst of all of the circling around that your mind does and the high drama and the early death and all the things that one thinks of.

I think that confidence in yourself and confidence in the people that you gather around you is really absolutely critical to how we progress through this life journey.

Trust in the process and the body does heal. The body is amazing in how it will heal if you take care of it, rest it, feed it well, stroke it well and take your appropriate drugs. Sometimes it is hit and miss, sometimes you have to try different protocols, but it is a life journey, is it not?

Karen, Snohomish County