I've been drinking and using every kind of drugs, I've been four or five times in ATT [Anti Tuberculosis Treatment], but I never finished my course, until I became MDR [multidrug resistant].
During my two-year-long treatment I faced many difficulties, I had mental and physical problems. Many times I wanted to give up but I knew it was my last chance, so I tried my very best to finish the course.
"And now that you have completed it?" Athong smiles.
I still cough and have some complains but I know that little by little I'll get through them. In general I feel very great and that 'I crossed the bridge of the death'. I know that someday I'm going to die but not now. I started to get involved in the community's activities. I have many plans but I'm still recovering.
Sometimes I cannot believe that I'm alive and cured from MDR-TB. When I just finished my treatment it was very difficult, sometimes it seemed to be even worse. I came back to the clinic and little by little I started feeling better again.
I just want to encourage all my friends to be strong and finish their courses because it is the last chance.