Intro - AhmazinAshley

Submitted on Jan 5, 2023 by  AhmazinAshley

Ashley Richardson.

Ashley Nicole Richardson is a young African American Woman with an ambition like none other. Ashley has always had a passion for helping those in her community. She started very young helping in her family's childcare center, Hudson Early Childhood Educational Center. From there, she has continued to serve her community with The Family Foundation of Greater Miami, Positive People Network, and more.

Ashley was born with HIV, only having 38 T-cells at the time of her diagnosis at fifteen years old. She became public about her status in 2017. Since then, she has shared her testimony at conferences, schools, banquets, community events, and on webinars. Aside from her advocacy, Ashley has obtained a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Against all odds, she has advanced through her depression and the sudden obstacles that she faced.

Today, Ashley continues to inspire and encourage those that are also living with HIV and more. She is currently in the "HIV Stigma", "Ending the HIV Epidemic", and the "I Am A Work of Art" campaigns. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of HER VOICE LLC. She is a dedicated and efficacious woman who's diligently striving to make a difference within her community and beyond. There will be more of HER VOICE LLC to blossom. Stay Tuned.

Why Ashley wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: The title alone catches my intention. I have always stated that it's so important for others to see someone they can relate to. It helps people to engage more and become more attentive to the message. When it's coming from someone that looks like them, or someone with the same culture, religion, or life experiences, people tend to really listen. Being a part of A Girl Like Me would not only highlight the importance of representation, but the enthusiasm and dedication that The Well Project and their community partners illustrate to impact and change the world.

Submitted by boseolotu

You are most welcome Ashley.
It is a great honor and privilege having you join us.
I am looking forward to learning and getting more inspired by your strong VOICE.
much love

Submitted by livingmylife09

Hi Ashley, I am so proud of you for being so brave in going public with your status and being an advocate and a voice for others living their HIV+ status in silence. The stigma is crippling. I was also born with HIV like you and all these years later the stigma forces me to remain silent, especially if I stand a chance of keeping my career as a Registered Nurse. I just wanted to tell you thank you for doing what I do not have the strength and courage to do. Thank you for being my voice.

Submitted by Red40something

Do you remember the Animaniacs cartoon? That's what that greeting is from and its how I greet other nurses!

Just wanted to jump in and say I understand your fears about stigma at work. But if you are ever looking for a community of nurses that you can be open with and be supported by, please look and see if there is a local ANAC chapter (Association of nurses in AIDS care) in your area. By no means is everyone associated with ANAC living with HIV, but they do the work and it can feel like a safe space!

You are also welcome to reach out to me directly!! <3

Submitted by livingmylife09

Yes I do remember that! Lol I never even thought about that before. Thank you for letting me know about ANAC I just might check it out. Are you on any social media platform? You can find me on Facebook my name is Stephanie McGee Carpenter on there. I would love to connect with you!

Submitted by Red40something

I am! I am @sosaidred on Instagram, and Bridgette Picou on FB! It might be easier for you to send me a request since I don't know what you look like, lol ;)

Submitted by AhmazinAshley

I understand and thank you for sharing that. It' s important to realize that your story is your story, All the good, the bad, and the ugly, it is yours. Own it. We cannot change it, we change live in fear because of it. At the end of the day, your experiences are unique and have shaped you into the person you are today. Nothing else matters, Keep God First in all that you do, and just keep going. 

Submitted by KatieAdsila

Hi Ashley, welcome to our community, you really are amazing and I look forward to hearing more from you. 

Submitted by Red40something

Welcome to the community! We are blessed to have you and hope it proves to be a safe space of sisterhood for you!

Submitted by Marig2016

AAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSHLEY!!! Im like man this girl looks familiar then i start reading and im like OMG i know her, we've met haha!! Welcome to the TWP family! Its such an amazing sisterhood. Looking forward to reading more of your blogs! xoxo Happy New Year love!

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