I Look Forward to Spending Time with my Family after Recovering from Tuberculosis

My name is Hyuckchul Lee. I have been sick with tuberculosis for three years. Treatment with regular TB medications did not help. I became so sick that I could hardly walk because it was difficult for me to breathe. My wife refused to give up on me. She strapped our one-month old baby on her back, helped me on to the back of our bicycle and peddled for one hour to reach the North Hwanghae Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Hospital so that I could be tested for MDR-TB by a visiting EugeneBell delegation. I tested positive and enrolled in EugeneBell’s MDR-TB treatment program.

I felt really sorry for my wife because she had such a hard time taking care of me. The best way to show my appreciation was to focus all my remaining energy on getting well. Since beginning treatment, I have improved a lot and have gained seven kilograms.

My mother, wife, and daughter are waiting at home for me to return. My mother worries about my illness all the time. I hope to be completely cured soon and go back to my family and my work.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contribute to EugeneBell’s program. I would especially like to thank the people whose donations paid for the medications and nutritional supplements I need to get well. The best way I can express my gratitude is to take all my medications without fail so that I can recover completely and return home to my family.