Finishing School With HIV

Living with HIV presents its own sets of challenges, but when you add school and homework to the mix it can make life even more difficult. I had to take 2 years off of school when I developed HIV-related cancer, non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and for the moment HIV had won out against my determination to finish school. Beating the cancer was challenging in itself, and I was really too sick and tired to even think school-related thoughts. After I went through chemo, surgery, and had been in remission for some time, I started to think about school and how to pick up where I left off. I was a year in remission when I re-enrolled to finish my A.A. degree and get my life moving forward again.

My point is that everybody, especially those living with HIV and other chronic illnesses, can face their greatest challenges and still come out fighting on the other side. You might leave some pieces of yourself behind in that dark time, but everybody has something to live for. For me, that was my family and finishing my schooling. No matter what it is you are fighting for, just remember that there are others fighting alongside of you. Everybody might be fighting for different things, but at least you are fighting!

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3 thoughts on “Finishing School With HIV

  1. Bravo! Take a stand and stay strong. A truly inspiring story of hope for us all. We have to be strong and stand together to beat this disease and the stigma attached to it. 😉

  2. What a inspiration you are to us all. You have such a strong and determined spirit. Thank you for sharing your amazing story. You are the meaning of determination. God bless and keep paying it forward.

    1. Thank you so much for all the support and encouragement I get from you ladies. It makes me feel like I have my own private cheerleading squad, and that is empowering!! Lots of love to all of you!!

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