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.