December 15, 2014
“I am having feelings of shame and fear. This was just something that I was avoiding for the longest time. I don’t really know what this means for the rest of my life yet but despite my fears I know I will be fine. This is the beginning of a whole new chapter…”
That was what I wrote the day I found out I was HIV Positive. I’m not an avid journaler but I really wanted to get my thoughts on paper that day. Today I sit here almost 3 years later with much less shame and hardly any fear about what being positive means for the rest of my life.
I am beyond grateful for the Los Angeles LGBT Center. What could have been difficult, confusing and overwhelming, the Center was there to help me navigate the process. I was placed with a team of medical providers, a psychosocial worker, pharmacy and even a nutritionist. Comprehensive and well rounded care is what I was given. Little did I know at the time the part that AIDS/Lifecycle played in that.
This is my second year doing AIDS/LifeCycle. I am healthy and undetectable today as a direct result of the money raised by people on bikes. People who have devoted themselves to this amazing cause to help people like me. In June, 2018, I will ride a bike 545 miles to help someone else who needs me. And I will need your help to do it.
Will you help by making a donation today?