It's back to day to day life here in Jacksonville. Busy spending the day catching up on emails, projects and this website after my trip to Savannah, Georgia.
I am old enough to remember a time before HIV and AIDS. Yes there were still Sexually Transmitted Diseases... BUT... you didn't die from them. Get a painful shot... yes... but not die.
As we work on this website, I find myself reliving different parts of my own experience finding out I was HIV positive. From hearing OVER THE PHONE from the doctor's office the results of my HIV test, finding health care, accessing benefits when I needed them, finding a support group... and the list goes on...; it is like rehashing the whole experience.
It is my hopes and prayers that by sharing my journey with HIV that it will make someone else's journey and fight a little easier. That our website will offer information, guidance, and support to those affected and effected by HIV and AIDS.
I am extremely fortunate to have a wonderful group for our Board of Directors. Without them I was just a voice. We also have a dedicated and loyal group of volunteers. This website would never have happened without everyone's help.
So I want to give a big shout out to all of those responsible for helping this project become a success. Through our success we hope to be a beacon for persons needing a helping hand, a light to guide them, and to assure them they are not alone in their fight.
I would like to thank those of you that read this daily blog. While it may be therapeutic to do this for myself. My goal is to help those in our community anyway possible.
So with that I'll end the entry for the day. I wish all of you health, peace and happiness.
Big bear hug,