Hi, I'm Mamello Moiloa. I am an MDR-TB patient, aged 20, who is currently being treated in Lesotho Maseru.
I started my treatment in October 2013. At that time I was still a second year student at the National University of Lesotho doing my bachelor's degree in Education. Before then I was the kind of person who was very ambitious and courageous; I liked studying wholeheartedly as I wanted to to have a bright future.
Then in October 2013 I had to drop out of school in order to be confirmed smear and culture negative and that's where I considered the beginning of my miseries. I waited impatiently with hope that I will return to school soon afterwards but sad to say I lost my hearing in January 2014!
I had an awful nausea; I could vomit anytime I see any kind of food, I tolerated food only with no smell at all so soft porridge was all I can eat maybe once per day so I lost massive kilograms of weight. MDR drugs affected me harshly - both physically, emotionally and socially.
I suffered a severe depression; I thought no one understood how I felt. I would sometime lose memory and loiter in the whole clinic campus.
My concentration was also affected I could not speak any second language and the tinnitus was also uncontrollable. I had suicidal thoughts but could not find how to do it. At last I ran away from my granny's home planning to murder me but I had the rescue call.
Due to my immediate hearing loss, my doctor had to stop the injection and some people discouraged me that I will not make it but I strongly believe that he knew what he was doing and therefore he would help me cure.
Some of my friends turned their backs against me but truthfully speaking I have a lot of support from my community, family, and people at the clinic. I am now taking my medication and hopefully I will survive and have my bright future as I am planning to return to school.
With my hearing loss I pray that one day MDR drugs be reduced and play a friendly role with us.
We are serious!