Intro - Sharonda Lynn

Hi, my name is Sharonda Lynn. I've been HIV positive for 22 years and counting. I was first diagnosed at the age of 19 years old. I found out I was HIV positive a month before graduating high school with a one year old daughter. I would never have thought I would have seen the age of 21, 31 and now 41.

I found out I was HIV positive four days after burying my cousin due to complications of AIDS. I was devastated and so was my family. However, I managed to take HIV under my belt and live my life. As a 19 year old girl I was terrified. I thought I would never be able to have any more children nor be married. I am now 41 with three beautiful children that are HIV-negative and I have been married not once, but twice. I live a very blessed, content and prosperous life. I was determined that HIV wouldn't be the death of me. I just made up in my mind that I won’t be stressed behind the stigma of HIV, nor will I let HIV control my life. My motto is: My diagnosis does not control me nor my destiny, I control my diagnosis.

Why Sharonda wants to be part of A Girl Like Me: Blogging for A Girl Like Me is very important. There are so many African American young women who are just like me and very scared to live their life because of the Stigma. Also, there are no examples on how to live life unapologetically being HIV positive. I want to show young women all over the world that you can still be beautiful, bold, intelligent and fierce with HIV. I want to be the example to young women all over the world that I am not ashamed of being HIV positive, undetectable, and neither am I afraid to share my story of my life of how I made it for 22 years and counting. Again, I am not my diagnosis, my diagnosis does not control me. I, Sharonda Lynn, control my diagnosis. I will conquer the huge Mount Everest regarding the stigma behind HIV. I am not what I have nor do I look like what I have, as if HIV has a look. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. IF I CAN DO IT, YOU CAN TOO.

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Destiny Smith's picture

love to see and hear it you go sharonda and cant wait to start following you and see your blogs welcome welcome welcome

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Hi

SharondaLynn41's picture

Hello thank you and yes i will defintely blog... Thank you again.. Hope all is well

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This!

Marig2016's picture

It's so important for as many of us to speak up as much as possible. People are being diagnosed lately, they need to see that there is a community. Welcome and thank you for being here 🙏🏽

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I totally agree, thank you so

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I totally agree, thank you so much. I just want other woman to know that they can make it and theres someone who looks just like you and happens to be positive. I also want to encourage positive woman that your not your diagnosis so live your life unapologetically 

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Welcome

KatieAdsila's picture

I love your fierce attitude of defiance and determination against HIV controling or defining your life, and to hear your passion to educate others. I look forward to reading more from you. Welcome 

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A woman of steel

boseolotu's picture

Hi Sharonda,

Welcome to this beautiful family group of great women who I call my sister's from another mother.
Do you know what came to my mind, when I first saw your profile photo 🤔🤔🤔 A woman of steel!
You are a bold and strong woman and it is a privilege to have you here with us.
I am looking forward to read more of your amazing experience.
Thanks
Bosr

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Good morning,

SharondaLynn41's picture

Good morning,

Wow thats very powerful thank you so much

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A play to Bring Awareness

SharondaLynn41's picture

Good morning to you all..

I pray that your encouraged on today. Always remember your value no matter what your dx is you are still valuble. 

Im putting on a play Dec. 11,2021 at The Ritz theater in Jacksonville, Fl. to bring awarness and educate the uneducated about HIV. I WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND REMOVE THE STIGMA OF HIV SO THAT PEOPLE WHO HAS HIV AS A DX. CAN LIVE FREELY WITH NO JUDGEMENT!!

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Welcome

Escalice's picture

Love your energy! Welcome. We must all remember that we are so much more than our diagnosis. A good friend of mine always said "I don't live with HIV, HIV lives with me." 

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Welcome!

ci.ciiiiii's picture

Welcome to our community! I love the strength in your intro, in your blogs. There are so many of us out here who could use it. Thank you so much for being here. 

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hi

SharondaLynn41's picture

Hello Ci.Ciiii thank you, I'm so happy and humbled to be apart. This is what i am made for to encourage those who feel as if they have no hope. Strength isn't a hobby it has to be a lifestyle which means no matter what happens no matter how or what people say I will still be strong. Why because my lifestyle dont depend on others it depends on me..

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