My name is Elena and I’m from Grozny. In 2000 I started coughing up blood, but didn’t know what it was. Half a year passed and I was feeling worse and worse. Sometime after I had my lungs X-rayed and was diagnosed with TB.
In the beginning I even didn’t know what it meant – tuberculosis. And at first I had no fear, because I didn’t know anything about it. In the beginning my family didn’t know it was that serious and didn’t feel any fear either. I thought that would pass and didn’t think how.
In 2001 my parents took me to Ingushetia where I spent six months in a tent camp. I started taking TB drugs there and it seemed that I was starting to feel better. So after the treatment I came back home and as I was feeling better I stopped the treatment – all my fault.
At the moment I’m on treatment in the TB dispensary, it’s been one year already. I have one more year to go to complete my full treatment course.
I’m taking TB medicines according to DOTS* rules, and I’m already getting better thanks to our medical staff. They support me in everything and I’m thankful to them for everything they are doing for our recovery.
*Directly Observed Treatment Short course