So this is my first blog…ever. I’ve been HIV+ for more than 21 years now and an advocate for women with HIV for 16…but I’ve never been a blogger. Actually, I’m a mom, a wife, a daughter and a sister too. Some days I’m a hiker or a volunteer – other days I’m a carpool driver and a soccer Mom. But everyday, I live with HIV. When I was diagnosed in 1988, I didn’t know another woman in the world with HIV. I was 19 years old. Now, I’m 40 and the mother of two wonderful little girls – and both of these things seemed impossible (or at least unlikely) for a girl like me – a girl with HIV.
We decided to start “A Girl Like Me” blog because I often meet other women who don’t know another woman with HIV – and they certainly don’t know someone “like them”. I, however, get to meet many great women out there living with HIV disease and I KNOW there are other girls like me. An HIV diagnosis is a scary, painful thing – but we don’t have to be alone…in fact, we are not alone. We all have stories, we all have lives, we all have dreams. I have found a great deal of strength in the other women out there fighting the same fight I fight every day. So we’ve created a space where “girls like us” can come and share their thoughts, their stories, and their lives, with other women living with HIV. Please come here as often as you like and share the lives of other HIV+ women (even consider sharing your own!), and know you are part of a community of women who understand some of what you live with everyday.
Yours,Dawn Averitt Bridge Founder and Chair, The Well Project
A Girl Like Me is a pilot program and is now looking for a few contributors to join our blog. For more information, please click here.