Chest pains and throwing up were two nasty side effects that 19-year old Vanessa encountered when she took medication to treat her latent TB. Diagnosed in 2012, she dealt with negative side effects from the TB drugs for four long months. She acknowledges the positive support of her mother, TB doctors and nurses for getting her through this challenging treatment. Witnessing the stigmatization of TB in Kenya where she spent her early years, Vanessa believes it is crucial to stop the shunning of persons with TB and that this can be accomplished with greater TB education here in the Northwest and around the globe.
In Vanessa's words...
Vanessa, Snohomish County