In 2006, while living in Kenya, Lynnette took care of an orphan boy who developed TB. It wasn’t her first encounter with the disease. Her own brother had died of TB in 1998.
Because her brother had been shunned and discriminated against by extended family and community during his illness, Lynnette became a fierce advocate for the orphan boy, demonstrating to the community that she would care for – not discriminate against – this child. Although she, her daughter, and son spent the next three years with him, only Lynnette and her daughter were diagnosed with latent TB years later while living in Snohomish County. Upon her and her daughter's latent TB diagnosis in 2012, Lynnette realized she again needed to be a role model, this time for her daughter. She faithfully took the TB medication for nine months, despite some side effects, and all the while encouraged her daughter through her treatment. Lynnette is grateful for being correctly diagnosed and for the treatment she easily accessed in Washington State.
In Lynnette's words...
Lynnette, Snohomish County