Intro - Barbara Kemigisa

My name is Barbara Kemigisa. I am a single mother living with HIV in Kampala Uganda Africa. I am 29 years old and have passed through different challenges which affect most of our youth today and get them exposed to HIV. I was sexually abused at 6-11 years of age by my uncles; as a result of this I developed a lifestyle of sexual activities with multiple partners and other habits like drinking alcohol and smoking. My father did not understand what was happening to me and this created strife between us. This forced me to leave home and seek refuge on the streets of Kampala. During this process, I got pregnant and when I went for antenatal care I was found HIV positive. I gave birth to a baby girl who I am looking after single handedly. I was forced to breastfeed her because I could not afford formula, which exposed her to HIV. We are both taking ARVs as we try to give hope to other young people struggling with different challenges, trying to accept who they are to cope with life.

Why Barbara wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: I would like to be part of A Girl Like Me because I feel I represent millions of girls out there in the same situation who cannot speak up and yet are quietly dying with serious challenges. Adding my voice to the many voices out there brings more hope to our community. We get inspired together.

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Welcome!

kmartel's picture

Hi Barbara, I want to welcome you to the A Girl Like Me family! Your voice is so important and we know will help so many women who are looking for hope and strength to keep fighting. We hope you will also find strength and inspiration from your fellow bloggers/sisters. heart

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You are not alone!

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Hi Barbara, Thank you for sharing part of your journey with me, I really appreciate it :) I am also a woman living with HIV (diagnosed during pregnacy), am a survivor of childhood molestation and Intimate Partner Violence.

What you've written will impact so may other women who have and may still be going through those very same issues. Thank you for being brave and thank you for sharing!!

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Your Story

IeshiaDKScott's picture

I can not even begin to imagine how you must've felt to be forced to breastfeed your own child, knowing it would expose her to this virus. Our children are our gifts and if given the same painful choice, I would always choose life for my child. I applaud you on your bravery and your love. Thank you for sharing your story.

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I am thrilled!

Barbara Kemigisa's picture

I cant believe that all this while there was a family out there! i am beyond excited to meet each one of you and get to know you. i am overwhelmed because i can not imagine the power we so posses and what we are going to accomplish together. Each woman at a time....LETS GO.

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Yes We Can!!!!

MzGee1966's picture

That's really what it's all about, women living with HIV from around the world uniting. We have more in common than we have differences and I'm committed to reaching my hand out and grabbing another sister's hand!
Peace :)

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Welcome

katie06's picture

Welcome - you share such a powerful story! 

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Welcome Barbara!

MariaHIVMejia's picture

I want to welcome you to the family and this communty of women ( Trans women as well ) and girls :) I am looking forward to reading more of your journey you are a brave soul <3 

 

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