Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013
Addie Rerecich has been through a lot, especially for a 12-year-old. Her mom, Tonya, has too. Their story helps show that superbugs are more than a medical conundrum or a policy problem in need of a solution. They’re a human problem, and Addie and Tonya represent the all the people affected by antimicrobial resistance worldwide.
If you want to follow Addie’s story and find out what happened since "Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria" premiered, you can visit the Facebook page Tonya set up to share her daughter’s updates — from the ribbons Addie earned at the local swim meet to her dream bedroom makeover, courtesy of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. You can also read Tonya’s emotional prose reflecting on some of Addie’s toughest moments — and some of her happiest.
Tonya originally started writing on an earlier Facebook page. She calls it her journal and a gift she can give to Addie when she's older.