Hello, my name is LaWanda Wilkerson. I have been HIV positive for three years this past April. The way I found out has changed my whole life and I am definitely not the same person I was three years ago.
The day I found out I was HIV positive I will never forget. I had just gotten back from bus duty. I had a message on my phone from my doctor’s office. I thought it was no big deal, so I called back. The next words were deafening. “You are HIV positive. We have sent your file to the clinic that deals with infectious diseases.” That was it.
In the aftermath of the phone call I was numb. I sat in my classroom frozen. I had no idea how to tell my family. What will they think? How will they feel? It took two weeks and me having pneumonia before I finally told my family. But in the meantime I suffered depression which I still suffer with, suicidal thoughts.
After this, my appointment at the clinic put me with people who actually care about and love me.
Why LaWanda wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: I want to be a blogger with A Girl Like Me to help others through words of encouragement and support so they will hopefully not experience the things that I have.