Keep antibiotics working: A patient’s perspective


My name is Vinesha and i am a cancer
survivor. My diagnosis of cancer started when I
was fifteen. It showed up in my leg and it was a really big tumor. So it was osteo-
sarcoma, which is bone cancer. It just involved a lot of appointments and
chemotherapy and a lot of blood transfusions and ended up, you know,
changing my life forever. Antibiotics was a huge part of saving my
life because no matter how many great doctors I had, or great complex
chemo drugs I had, I wouldn’t have been able to access or continue with any of
that if I didn’t get over infections with antibiotics. And so there could have been
all this great, you know breakthroughs for me but without core antibiotics for
my infections and my illnesses I couldn’t have used any of it. So it’s
really really important. Basically what happens when society as a whole uses too
much antibiotics, these bugs get resistant to the drugs and just get
stronger and stronger. Antibiotics really save lives of people that are hanging
the balance – cancer patients and other types of people. And it I guess it’s very,
very important that they’re available to use for lots of years to come and just
to use them appropriately and to make sure you take what’s given to
you and not share it and to use it in moderation.

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