Living With HIV
Most kids 14th birthdays are filed with things like; bikes, toys and game consoles. Well my birthday was a little different, well Little is a bit of a understatement. I remember my family screaming and crying falling Out on the floor next to these men in Suites. These men were doctors delivering the most unexpected news of my Life to Me And my family at the same time…That I was HIV positive. At the time I remember being Overwhelm,,,,Not with my emotions,, but with the reaction of My family. As a closeted 14-year-old boy I didn’t even know that HIV was Risk, not to Someone like me. Days after this diagnosis I remember sitting in the hospital trying to figure out what to do next while swallowing M&M’S
LOL yes prior to that I did not Know how to swallow pills so the nurse had me swallowing M&M’s in preparation for My life time of Medications.
I’d like to thank RAIN for always being there for me. Rain and Organizations alike are needed to help people like me who share my status . They help navigate this path that we Called life. They make it easier to carry this load for a lot people. Not only do they make sure we make appoints (which we so often miss) - but also given a place to feel safe. Rain remained in the shadows of my hold journey. Rather I like it or not I could always count on them. They were my extended family. Most importantly they provided me with a platform. A platform that allowed me to bring forth not Just my story, but the opportunity to make A powerful impact other people’s lives. That means more then you will ever know. .
Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have - life itself.
All of us will have had our lives forever changed by HIV. I want to do as much as I can to make a difference in the lives of men, women, and children impacted by HIV and AIDS and help provide compassionate care for individuals living with HIV in Charlotte.
On Saturday, May 12, I am joining other strong and caring individuals because it’s our opportunity to stand up and be counted. This is a very important to me so I have set an ambitious fundraising goal and I hope you will make a donation in support.
Thank you for supporting this important cause and for showing that you will join me in wanting to end this epidemic.
To get more details on my story and journey please feel free to watch the video, I ask that you watch with an open mind and a open heart. i ask that you not be immobilized in sadness but to take Action and fight with me to bring this pandamic to an end.
If you or some one you know are living with HIV and need to be link into care or just need to talk please feel free to contact me anytime my door is always open. we at Rain are hear to help.
Peer Retention Specialist
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