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After experiencing a cough that seemed to never want to go away, Christina soon discovered it was more than just a simple cold. She was diagnosed with TB at 16. Finding the right doctors proved critical in helping Christina onto a healthy path.
Hi. My name's Christina K. I'm from East Brunswick, New Jersey. When I was 16 years old I was diagnosed with tuberculosis. At first, the symptoms that I had was I coughed a lot, but I didn't really think it was anything out of the ordinary. I'd cough a lot during sports. I was very active, I'd play basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, and I'd always be coughing throughout my sports activities, when I was in class. I didn't think it was anything out of the usual, I just thought I was probably sick or something, but every year for sports you have to get physicals, so one time I got a physical. I got my [unclear] shot and it came out positive.
When I was first diagnosed and the doctor brought me into the office and told me what was going on, I was really upset. I started crying because I didn't really know what TB was.
So what I had to do was take nine months of medication, to pretty much kill the active bacteria that was going on and any of the lay bacteria that was still possibly there. They told me that eventually when I'm 40, like if I get chemo or any intensive stress on my body that the TB may actually come back, but it's very unlikely that it could happen and that the medication probably killed most of the bacteria.
Since then I've been taking lung X-rays just to make sure nothing comes back and just getting my regular checkups done. I'm just very positive about the overall experience. I thought my doctors took care of me well. And I think I'm going to have a healthy future.