When she was 26 years old and working at a nursing home, Shirley was diagnosed with TB in her collarbone. With 3 young children and little help from her first husband, she found support from her extended family and friends. She stated she was "locked up" in Firland TB Sanatorium for five months, and often left the premises unannounced to buy provisions for fellow residents. Shirley later married a former Firland patient, and remains close friends with a former female patient who shared in many of her Firland experiences.
In Shirley's words...
Shirley, Snohomish County