My Acceptance Is All I Need

I don't even want to do this. I'm so selfish which makes understanding me difficult. I am also selfless to a fault. I draw lines.

So enough about me.

I wrote a blog a while back.

Since I was nineteen you been giving us PLHIV shit about having HIV. Well I had a baby at seventeen. I was married at 22. I buried my first boyfriend to AIDS at 23. I buried my son and my marriage at 24. I walked away from motherhood.

I hid behind my love to volunteer until 2006 when I started ARV treatment. Going to the clinic was all people needed to finally pin me down. I was stalked, chased, hit, humiliated.

I walk with my head high. Yes. I'm selfish. I am tired sometimes but I never quit. I made choices you probably will never have to face.

I'm no one special. I am however worthy. That's your recant.

I am not as you think I am. Your walls must be much bigger and your roots much deeper. Planted in solidarity. Grounded in experience, strength and hope. Stay Beautiful.



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Red40something commented on 9 By 49

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Red40something commented on 9 By 49

Wed, 9/15/2021 - 1:50am

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