I'm a 28-year-old HIV-positive (since 6/6/16) female living in Natural Bridge, Virginia with my husband, my daughter, two dogs, and two cats. I am a trained modern dancer, an in-home ABA therapist for children, and I'm currently interested in redirecting my career path to become involved in HIV advocacy/outreach. Every day is an opportunity to grow and flourish. I'm here to learn.
Why Heather wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: Since receiving my diagnosis on June 16th, 2016, I have struggled with identifying as an HIV-positive female; the medication, the unknown long-term side effects of medication, the stigma. I have found that sharing my personal trials with those close to me resulted in reactions of sympathy and grief, which is valued... and I am thankful for any type of support- I could always use a hug and a good cry. However I've continued to long for interactions with a group of individuals who could truly empathize with me, who have lived the experiences I'm speaking of and could offer advice. Being part of the A Girl Like Me community gives me the opportunity to communicate with other HIV-positive women who "get it". It is a safe environment for women to share their stories and feel supported. A united community of women who have the ability to inspire change- that is why I'd like to be a part of A Girl Like Me.