Mrs. Smile was pregnant with her second child, working, and caring for their 18-month-old daughter when her husband was diagnosed with TB. It was recommended that her daughter take TB medication to prevent active TB from occurring. Although at first she was fearful, she educated herself about TB and was able to emotionally support her family. She shared her new knowledge about TB with her extended family so they too could understand TB and not be afraid. The local health district also provided Mrs. Smile with positive support. However, Mrs. Smile noticed that some health care workers at other clinics, who were not as familiar with TB, were less compassionate towards her daughter long after she had completed her TB treatment.
In Mrs. Smile's words...
Mrs. Smile, Snohomish County