Esther's Story 

Esther

Written by Our Support Sponsors: 

Esther is a mother who was diagnosed with TB. She is a widow and her first priority is her family. She does her best to make ends meet and ensure that her children do not miss a single meal and that they receive a proper education.

After falling ill for sometime she decided to visit the Kasarani Health Centre. Her symptoms included constant and persistent coughs as well as night sweats. Before seeking treatment she had also lost a lot of weight as a result of a lack of appetite. After being diagnosed with TB, she initially found it difficult to cope and accept the diagnosis. She could not believe that she had TB. She had heard a lot of myths behind the disease such as TB patients being HIV positive and thus also went into denial to cope with it all. However, after counseling at the county Kasarani Health Center she accepts that TB is curable and she encourages other patients not to lose hope in taking their medication.

Esther advocates that information should be availed to the public about TB to ensure that the stigma is done away with. She fully discloses and educates her children about TB and how they can protect themselves from the disease. She teaches them to always leave rooms well ventilated to allow free flow of clean air. She also teaches them to always keep the windows open when using public transportation. Most importantly, she tries to keep her children healthy by providing a balanced diet to keep their immunity at a high level.

Keheala has played a key role in Esther's treatment regimen.  She relies greatly on the daily reminders she receives from Keheala to ensure that she takes her medication on time. She also uses the SMS call back service when she has queries with regards to her treatment. Her kids regularly ask her whether Keheala has sent her the SMS notifications and are thus greatly supportive of her during this time of her treatment. This has led to her keeping steadfast with her treatment for she feels it is not an individual battle she has to face on her own in fear, but rather she has the comfort and support of having her family and Keheala to help her through the treatment.