February 14, 2008

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Hope that all of you had a great one!

I've been very busy the past couple of weeks. Went down to St. Petersburg, Florida for a few days to the AARP office. We had advocate training at the state office there. Lindsey and I rode together from Jacksonville. There were some great people attending the training. I was also impressed with the trainers of the session. They did a great job. It was also great to meet some of the people that were in the state rally taping that featured me speaking. We had a dinner where I was able to get to know some of them even better.

We ate at an Italian restaurant (I think it was called Antonio's but don't swear me to that.) near the hotel that where we were staying. The entree were big enough for two people. I had the lasagna which had a very tasty sauce and loads of gooey thick mozarella cheese. We were in the private dining room where the 25 of us could talk and cut up without annoying other diners.

I'm very excited about the advocate possibilities concerning health care and financial security that AARP and Divided We Fail are doing. So they have my full support with any way that I can help. Lindsey and I left for Jacksonville after her meeting. Unfortunately the weather was already turning bad so she had a long hard drive in torrential downpours most of the way back. There was also a tornado warning during our return trip.

I also spoke to two different women's minority groups recently. One of the groups were the women of the Rose which is a very dynamic loving group of women. They meet at BCCC. I always have a great time when I go to visit and speak at their group meetings. They had decorated the room for Valentine's Day with colorful decorations, center pieces and balloons. I gave each of them a teddy bear and a copy of the single by Aretha Franklin. They gave me a very touching card and some candy.

They had a fund raiser the next day to raise money to help pay for expenses when they go to the HIV Convention in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida in March. Terri and the women are cooking meals for 100 people and delivering them. Now that's what I'm talking about!!! People empowering themselves and making a difference!

They also had a woman there speaking about the important of adherence to medication scheduling. That is a very important thing to remember when you're HIV+. YOU MUST talk to your doctor before stopping any medication even if it's due to side effects. You can't kill the HIV without meds!!! You also have to remember to talk them as scheduled!

I'm speaking at our local minority HIV/AIDS Summit tomorrow at the Wyndham Hotel. My top is on "HIV, Where's the Passion?" The goal is to get more HIV+ people, the minority and women's community and practictioners involved in HIV funding, prevention, awareness and activism. There should also be some great networking opportunities at the summit. So I'll be writing about that experience in my next entry.

I hope that all of you are doing great... reaching for the stars... while remembering to stop and smell the roses! Life is not a dress rehearsal... LIVE IT!

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab