At the age of 16, I was diagnosed with multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Throughout my journey of fighting the disease, I witnessed numerous social, economic and psychological challenges.
Deepti Chavan, a survivor of MDR TB, now actively works towards creating awareness about TB prevention so that others do not suffer the way she did. Deepti was forced to drop out of her engineering degree when her health deteriorated. Today, she regularly counsels people with TB and speaks about her experiences on radio, print and TV to inspire patients to keep fighting. Her husband, Neeraj Musale, has been a big support in her battle against TB and encourages her to fight for this cause.
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