“I still remember the day I was diagnosed with HIV. During that time, I was overcome with grief over losing a parent. I fell in love with a person who wasn’t trustworthy. I experienced discrimination several times due to being a woman. So many things happened in my life. I was very weak physically and mentally. However, I kept hope alive to do something.
I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I was sure that it wasn't going to be just this. I showed people who didn’t believe in me that I could do anything. Throughout my journey, support from the community means a lot to me. They are my role models. They are the ones who showed me and have been showing me how to work together to help each other during this journey. When I got support during my painful time, I felt like God sent those people to me. Kind people existed.
Those who helped me during that time, they are in my heart. I would never forget what they did for me. Then I started to help my peers who had been through similar issues as me. We helped each other. Gave and got shoulders to cry on. That journey encouraged me and gave me a purpose to live my life.
Living life like that gave me satisfaction, which has been helping me keep my physical and mental health stable. So, that journey continues. Share the love and care for those who need it.