-Miss SA came out about having TB for over 3 years
- She feared being treated differently or being alienated if she told anyone
- Her fear and traumatic experience has motivated her to help other who are experiencing what she has
Miss South Africa 2018, Tamaryn Green, found out three years ago that she had tuberculosis. She has shared the hard times that comes with the illness. In fear of being secluded, there were certain family members that she did not tell.
Tamaryn has said that she will be focusing on efforts to eliminate the stigma attached to tuberculosis. She will endeavor to put the word out there during her reign as Miss South Africa.
June was when she found out and she began treatment straightaway. During the second month of treatment, she became very ill. She had no choice but to moved back home in order for her to recover.
Briefly.co.za learnt that even just sitting in lectures took a strain on her. She confided in one of her lecturers who immediately contacted a specialist from Groote Schuur who came to her aide. Tamaryn was fortunate to have the support from the university and they assisted with counseling.
With the treatment she was receiving, she developed a hepatitis secondary to the medication. This had a really bad effect on her, and moving home was now her only option to recover.
Tamaryn’s medication was changed and fortunately she was cured. The pain and experience she endured was extremely traumatizing for her.
Beforeshe found out about the tuberculosis, Tamaryn was woman of strength. The illness changed that as she now needed assistance to live.
One thing she did learn was that she was not alone and did not have to deal was things by herself. The illness and her deferring from sitting an exam from her last year of med school, put pressure on the her loved ones which made her feel guilty.
All the trauma she has gone through, has giving her the passion to share with others finding themselves in the same position she was in. Her hope is that she will be able to help others deal with the illness.
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