“Anything may happen in this life” said a wise men in the past. I have heard this saying many times before but this does not sound like today.
I am 26 years old and I live in Chimbay city. I met my husband during the best time of life, my student years. Despite the problems in our lives at that time, we decided to get married, live together and solve our problems together. I knew that he had TB. After many years he relapsed. It was difficult for me. Two or three weeks later a complicated form of TB was detected in me. This affected us very badly. When I started treatment in hospital, my eldest daughter was two years old, the youngest was seven months, and this was the most horrible situation.
In the past, before doing anything, I used to make a plan. I tried to make use of every minute. I was shocked when I heard the MDR-TB treatment takes two-years. It’s now a year since I started my treatment. Of course this time did not pass easily for us, we had more problems solving family or financial difficulties than before. I faced lots of difficulties, especially in controlling myself. When I think about this now, I notice lots of changes in myself. I notice things like not watching TV, not talking to my close relatives, not being sincerely close with my children (I felt as if they also got infected with this disease). I tried to change my personality, living conditions, life style, my work place and address. I understood that it was impossible to change them all even if I had made some changes in them.
Now I am much better. My husband is also fine. Counsellors at the DOTS [Directly Observed Treatment, Short-course] corner, my family members, my relatives and especially my sisters helped me solve the problems which I mentioned above and continue my treatment without stopping. I also learnt that physical activity, having open conversations, chatting with my relatives does me a lot of good. One day, by chance, I heard some music which I used to listen during the best period of my life. Unwittingly I started dancing. This made a big change in my mood. Now I spend a lot of time going out with my children and playing with them. I like it very much.
At the beginning of the treatment I was very worried but now I have great hope that we will both be cured!