One Woman’s Path: Part 3

Today we continue with one woman’s path to acceptance. This is part 3 of a 4-part series looking at one woman’s perspective on her HIV diagnosis. Check out PART 1 if you missed it!

Overcoming fear:

I say to myself, “Fear can be paralyzing. The only person who can stop me from going forward is me.” You can be your biggest enemy. Sometimes I feel like I want to give up. But now I know that it is okay for me to have those emotions and those feelings but, don’t stay there – get up and keep trying! I’m going to fulfill my dreams. I’m going to reach a lot of people’s lives to give them hope, but first, I have to work on myself.

Dealing with depression:

For me, when depression comes on, I go out and do something fun, pamper myself. I try to change the negative into positive and be around that special person who will lift my spirit up. Recently, I found out that it is okay for me to talk about my issues because you have to get it out. I was suppressing my feelings. And that’s not good. I know that depression can bring failure. I know that I don’t want to go back into that state of mind, I have to be around a positive environment.

*This post was adapted from a message originally published in the “Let’s talk About It Magazine.” 


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