May 23, 2021 marked five years that I've been living with HIV. It honestly doesn't even seem like it's been that long, but when I look back to all that led to that very day, it all stemmed from the lack of love I had for myself.
Since the 3rd grade I was bullied and teased for a number of things, many things out of my control. The scars stayed with me up through the age of 26 when I was diagnosed with HIV and today, at 31, the scars still remain. You see, after so many years of being bullied for things that were causes of PCOS, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, it's no wonder I was devastated when I was diagnosed with HIV. It was yet another thing for people to bully me about. Once I looked past my own ignorance, I was met with the opposite of what I expected. I was met with so much love and support that the negative comments, while they hurt, I knew they came from a place of ignorance.
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