My Journey in These 31 Years Living with HIV

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Today April 18 marks my 31 year battle with #hiv! I never thought I would make it this far! Thank you to all that have helped me and taught me in this journey to be a better human being. I want to Thank my mother Tere Velasquez for being my rock and for always being there even as a troubled and violent teen that saw nothing but pain and violence, but her example and for me personally My God and determination to survive has me still standing and fighting till the end!! The key to this is not only to survive, but to thrive and be adherent to your medication! I love #biktarvy and I am doing well on it. It is one of the newest and least toxic medications for this human condition. I hope that through my spiritual pain, passion and example... others feel hope and understand that no matter what we go through in life we can overcome and evolve spiritually. I am thankful and I know that as I enter another phase in my life where I will try to be more calm, listen more and love myself a little bit more I will find the peace and happiness that I deserve. I forgive all of those people that have hurt me and will continue to pray for them! I shouldn’t be here, but I am! And I will continue to fight for others and myself until my mission on this earth is complete. Thank you for everyone that supports me in all my life’s ups and downs and to Krista Heitzman Martel and The Well Project - HIV and Women who is my support system. I love you all.

love and light #mariamejia

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Thank you!

Janinebrignola's picture

Maria, thank you. We love you too!!!!!

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Living not dying

Uzima 6's picture

Thank you for living not dying . I been here for 30 year September 1988. Don't remember the day but am grateful . keep up the great work.

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