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The end of a long journey

Today was the end of the long journey I have been through since 2010... it was worth it after all. It seems impossible until it’s done. It never occurred to me that I would ever be free. Many fellow patients have passed on, but as scary as it was seeing people die I decided to fight through.

Today was the end of the long journey I have been through since 2010... it was worth it after all. It seems impossible until it’s done. It never occurred to me that I would ever be free. Many fellow patients have passed on, but as scary as it was seeing people die I decided to fight through.

Me with my certificate confirming my cure from XDR-TB ©Sydelle Willow SmithPhoto: Sydelle WIllow Smith

Well the celebration was hosted in Lizo Nobanda TB care centre, with fellow patients, doctors, clinic staff. It was also a way to show other patients that indeed XDR-TB is curable ... you just have to stick to it and do whatever you are told. It might seem harsh at 1st but as you go on and finally pulling through you see it was all worth it.

Celebrating with my friends at Lizo Nobanda TB Care Centre © Sydelle Willow SmithPhoto: Sydelle WIllow Smith

Next in line from me will be resuming my studies and all those other dreams I had when I 1st entered University. It is time to go back now and do what I always wanted to do. XDR-TB surely changed me, now I am looking to life from a different angle, being more careful and wiser than I was before. I will keep encouraging other patients as I used to, so that I can be an example to them.

Taking the last pill © Sydelle Willow SmithPhoto: Sydelle WIllow Smith

Sure drinking 30 000 pills for me is definitely not great but at the moment we don’t have a choice...we just have to take what is given to us in the hope that it will work for the best. To all my fellow patients who are on the same journey as me: they must just on keep on keeping on and strive for survival. It must seem impossible at 1st but it will be all worth in the end. LOOK AT ME TODAY, I AM CURED!!!

Photo: Sydelle WIllow Smith