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…. Read More ►

Dreaming of a Wonderful Future

My name is Juyoung Ri and I am 16 years old. I have been ill with tuberculosis since 2014. At first, I had a fever and didn’t cough much. I thought I just caught a cold. I was often short of breath however, and was diagnosed with tuberculosis of the pleura. Treatment with ordinary TB medications did not help. I met the EugeneBell delegation at this treatment center for the first time on November 30, 2016. It was a very cold day, especially as we had to be processed for admission in the open air. I tested positive and started treatment six months ago. Of the six medications for multidrug-resistant TB, the most difficult are para-aminosalicylic acid (PAS) and the daily injection. Whenever I take PAS, it makes me nauseous and gives me a headache. I take it with a little food which seems to help. In the morning, after… Read More ►