Living with HIV/AIDS – Women in Idaho and North Carolina

I was in a clothing store and it got brought
up. I didn’t know what size I was. I had just lost a lot of weight. And without thinking I let my guard down and I said… “I’m HIV and I was just started on some
meds that are… “…kind quite working with my system,” and
there was just no more sizes left. She didn’t have anything else to show me
in the wall went up with her and then I just laid another cement
mortar and a few months bricks. Being diagnosed in 1995, it was a sad time and being pregnant –
three months pregnant – it was even sadder. I just remember just laying in the hospital bed and devastated and fearful of what was next to come. My experience had been it can be painful the feeling of being rejected just for what my blood is and that became very… it was depressed, it was sad, it was isolating. I was just so thrilled that they were there. Like they were more in just an organization,
they were my family because they didn’t give up on me, they
weren’t there for me. It was everything they said on the phone, The hugs were real, the conversation was
real They had a checklist of things, thinking
ahead of what I would need. It helps me more and more each day That I can open and openly talk about living with HIV. It’s a really positive atmosphere and when you’re around better and good people, it makes you want to be good. They help me feel like Vicki verses somebody with AIDS. I have a name and it’s not AIDS, my name is Vick, and they help me to always keep that in the priority. They help me be me and the best me I can

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