Stigmatized


Story of Resilience | Success | Empowerment

Stigmatized is an inspiring story about a Mongolian girl’s fight with stigma and illness and how she overcame obstacles with resilience, hard work, and a change in perspective. In this book, Handaa intertwines her journey battling advanced stage Tuberculosis (TB) and social stigma attached to it, with her stories of growing up in a nomadic country like Mongolia, learning a foreign language, pursuing higher education abroad at the age of 17 on her own, and exploring cultural diversity in different parts of the world.

About the book


Stigmatized is an inspiring story about a Mongolian girl’s fight with stigma and illness and how she overcame obstacles with resilience, hard work, and a change in perspective. In this book, Handaa intertwines her journey battling advanced stage Tuberculosis (TB) and social stigma attached to it, with her stories of growing up in a nomadic country like Mongolia, learning a foreign language, pursuing higher education abroad at the age of 17 on her own, and exploring cultural diversity in different parts of the world.
 
In many societies, including Mongolia, TB remains a highly stigmatized disease, making it difficult for TB patients to fight the disease in a dignified way. After finding out that she was the first Mongolian survivor to publicly share her story battling TB and social stigma attached to it, Handaa felt a sense of responsibility and urgency to break the silence and share her story. Her book, Stigmatized, explores the intersections of overcoming stigma and taking back the power to pave your own road in life. Refusing to be ashamed or silenced anymore, Handaa combines storytelling with activism to fight the TB stigma, raise awareness, and promote survivor culture to ensure that people with the lived experiences are at the decision-making table.
 
Stigmatized is a creative non-fiction book that speaks to anyone looking for inspiring stories about the ups and downs of an ordinary journey and how the power of grit and vulnerability drives empowerment. You will love this book if you are someone who enjoys personal storytelling as a way to kickstart your own self-reflection.
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Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you.

Handaa Enkh-Amgalan

Author, Humanitarian Professional, Social Activist

Presale Campaign


Stigmatized had a successful presale campaign that has now closed. The book has been pre-ordered 170 times already from 28 U.S. States and 18 different countries. With the $8,000 goal surpassed, the Stigmatized book will be published in paperback, hardcover, and audiobook when it releases in 2021. The book will be available on Amazon and at all US book stores in early April. We also plan to publish the book in Mongolian and Russian languages. Please check back here for more details.
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Stigmatized Book as an Art Project


Two young women, two #TB survivors, two passionate activists – Handaa Rea & Paulina Siniatkina are joining forces to help end TB and the attached stigma! Handaa’s book #Stigmatized will feature illustrations by Paulina who is a Russian artist.
“What is more empowering than two TB survivors and women uniting towards the common goal of ending TB and the attached stigma?!! I am beyond thrilled,”
— says Handaa.
“It is very important that more creative people are raising their voice to fight TB stigma, — says Paulina Siniatkina. — Art is our strongest weapon in this battle. I am very happy to become a part of Handaa’s project and I hope her book will reach the hearts of people around the world. And I will definitely help to reach that goal, we are in one invincible team — TBpeople.
Be sure to stand by Handaa & Paulina to help them tackle TB & the social stigma by ordering the #Stigmatized — a great story of resilience and an art project!

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