Intro - Porchia Dees

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Porchia Dees was born HIV positive in 1986 in San Bernardino, CA. At the time there were no HIV medical specialists in her area so she had to be transferred all the way to Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles, where she received pediatric HIV medical care. Her pediatrician didn’t think she would live to see her 5th birthday but she is now 32 years Strong.

Porchia graduated from Pacific High School in 2005, and was accepted directly into the University of California, Riverside. She finished with a BS in Anthropology on Dec of 2014. She worked for two years as an EIS Case Manager/Outreach Coordinator at Foothill AIDS Project and worked for a year as a Community Health Educator at Desert AIDS Project. Now she is serving in Los Angeles County at APLA Health as an Outreach Worker for the Substance Abuse Programs.

Why Porchia wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: Porchia lost her biological mother and uncle due to complications from AIDS. So the topic of HIV/AIDS is very near and dear to her heart. Helping others and giving back to her community is her passion. Educating people on the topic of HIV, and public speaking has become her calling. She has been working on trying to become better at articulating her experience with the world. She feels she did not choose this life; it was given to her. With that being said, most importantly, her goal is to touch and inspire as many lives as she can with her story and with Hope!!!

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Welcome to the family

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Porchia,

Welcome to the family and congratulations on all your accomplishments.  Sorry about the loss of your family members but I am glad to see you here.  I hope we hear more from you soon.

Lovinglife

  

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LovingLife

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LovingLife

Thank You Love For The Warm  Welcome ☺️❤️✨

 

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P Dees!

Red40something's picture

Hello lovely! Nice to see you here! I miss you round these parts! Love and light!

BP

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Good to see you too Sunshine

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Good to see you too Sunshine ❤️❤️❤️  @red40something... I miss you too... But I have a feeling that we will be connected for life through this work that we do.

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Thank you for sharing your

kmartel's picture

Thank you for sharing your strong, awesome voice! We are beyond thrilled to welcome you to the A Girl Like Me family! <3 

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hello sister

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welcome to our sisterhood ! I am looking forward in reading your blogs and to empower each other. I am here if you ever need anything

 

much love and light

Maria

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Welcome

ForeverTrue24's picture

Welcome sister to a fantastic support group & judge free zone. I am glad to welcome you with open arms and let you know if you need anything please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of us. God bless #LIYT 

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You are Great

boseolotu's picture

You are welcome dearest sister, Hope to learn lots of things from you on how to work with younger persons born with the Virus because I have a few of them in the kids' clubs for OVC.

Thanks

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