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TB survivor shares her fighting journey

Tevita Vuibau
Thursday, March 21, 2013

AN 18-year-old student who was successfully treated for Tuberculosis is encouraging others in the same unfortunate situation of having TB to seek treatment before it is too late.

Luisa Senisalusalu was admitted in 2011 at PJ Twomey Hospital in Tamavua after contracting TB.

And the lass of Lomanikoro in Rewa said it was one of the best decisions she had ever made.

Miss Senisalusalu related her experience with the disease as part of World TB Day celebrations saying she did not pay attention to it at first.

However, the disease began to take a toll on her body — reducing her body weight to 49 kilograms before she was eventually admitted to PJ Twomey Hospital in May last year.

"There are many people who, like me, do not treat the TB as seriously as they should.

"But after my experience with it, I just want to advise people to seek treatment and complete it if they have the disease," Miss Senisalusalu said.

"We only have one life and we should not take TB lightly, it needs to be treated early in order to give patients the best chance of survival," she said.

The Rewa Secondary School student applauded the efforts of doctors and nurses at the PJ Twomey Hospital for nursing her and other patients with the disease back to proper health.

"The doctors and nurses took very good care of us and I know that there may be a stigma attached with those that have TB but I want to say that seeking treatment is nothing to be ashamed about," she said.


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