We need people – people like those in TB Alert, who are focused and ambitious and care for people at grass roots in the UK, India and Africa. Dr Lucica Ditiu, Executive Secretary of the Stop TB Partnership
I had known for a number of years that my health hadn't been right. I did everything possible to convince people – close friends, loved ones and even myself – that my symptoms stemmed from being a smoker and a late night buffoon. But my whole world came to a grinding halt one morning when my symptoms were so frightening and out of control that I needed immediate emergency attention.
The game of denial was finally up. After being admitted to hospital, I spent 9 days in quarantine. The finest NHS doctors, nurses, therapists and other caregivers at University Hospital Lewisham took incredible care of me, helping to send me down the path to recovery. With time and the impeccable care I received as an outpatient over the course of a year, I began to feel like a vibrant human being again. And for that I am eternally grateful.
Three years ago, even hailing a cab could have sent me into a coughing fit. So I am very excited to be running the 25 kilometer Berlin Marathon. Flanked by my two closest friends, Chris Goody and Johnny Palomo, we will be running in the hope of raising as much money for TB Alert as possible.
TB Alert is a unique charity working solely on tuberculosis (TB) both in the UK and overseas. Their mission is to increase access to treatment for all and to spread awareness with the aim of controlling and ultimately eliminating TB worldwide.