ALL IT TOOK WAS ONE DAY
In December 2010, I had a
friend fly in to town. It was a friend
who I dated exclusively and who I thought he dated me
I told him to bring a condom since we hadn't been together in a while
and so he did. In the middle of our encounter, he removed the
condom because it was bothering him. That's all it took.
Two or three weeks later, I started experiencing flu like symptoms;
I asked my sister to take me to the hospital because I could not eat
and felt really ill. She took me to Care Resource. The
doctor ran labs and to my surprise it wasn't the flu, I was diagnosed
with herpes and chlamydia. I could not believe I was going
through this, I did not want to get tested for HIV because I was afraid
of the results and so I didn't.
Life went one for about another
year. I worked and took care of my child and that's all I
did. In November 2011 I felt a bump in the back of my neck, it
turned out to be a swollen lymph node. I went to the doctor's to
have it checked out and somehow got the courage to be tested for HIV.
One week later, I received the call. It was my doctor asking me
to come in right away; somehow, I knew that the news was not going to
be pleasant. I walked in to my doctors appointment and I was
given the results. HIV POSITIVE. I was in a state of shock,
could not believe the news and broke out in tears. The first
thing I thought about was my child. "Am I going to die? was the
first question I asked." The doctor went through the process of getting
a 2nd test to confirm the results and treatment if needed.
Second results came in and same news. HIV POSITIVE. I am 23
years old, single mom of a 2 year old daughter. I
constantly worry, feel guilty and heart broken when I lay next to my 2
year old at night and think about what I've done. I think about
that night when I could have jumped off the bed and told him to get off
when he removed his condom. Yes, I still feel very guilty about
that night because I trusted him.
I have a few friends and family members that know and have been very
supportive and have kept me somewhat positive. I have been under
Care Resource’s treatment for almost one year now. So far, my
viral load is undetectable and my CD4 Count is above 600. Today,
I saw my doctor and he said that all looks good. The only thing
he noticed was that there is a tiny percentage that came back in my
blood related to my liver. This is not what I wanted to
hear. The doctor said that it's nothing to be alarmed about and I
should retest in 3 weeks for my liver and see if maybe this tiny
percentage disappears, if not, we'll have to keep a close eye on
Once again, the feelings of dying have come to mind. At
some point in the near future, I will begin anti-viral
medication. The meds are supposed to keep the HIV under
control. Care Resource will work with me to make sure I will have
access to this life-saving medication and help me pay for it.
Since my diagnosis, I have tried to remain positive and hopeful that
someday soon, a cure will come; not just for me, but for all those
living with this disease.
TOP INDIVIDUALS & TOP TEAMS
REPORTED AS OF FRIDAY -
FEB 17, 2012
this week's Top Individual
fundraisers and Top Teams. Your generous support and efforts in
fighting HIV/AIDS in our community is greatly appreciated. Keep up the
wish to be listed here, log on to www.aidswalkmiami.org
now and sign up as an individual or sign up your company as a team,
then rally your friends, families and co-workers to help you raise
funds and to join you for this amazing event.
top three teams are invited to lead off the walk from the Miami Beach
Convention Center. The front line is always a great photo opportunity
and company teams use this as a way to advertise their business'
participation in AIDS Walk Miami by putting team members in matching
REGISTER YOUR TEAM WITH A FRIENDLY URL NAME
PERSONAL LINK TO
YOUR DONORS EASILY
Send a personal message
to your donors with your own
friendly URL address from AIDSWALKMIAMI.ORG.
This year when you sign up to register for the Walk, you can specify a
friendly URL address to send to your friends, family and co-workers to
make it easier for them to remember and to donate to you. If you are
starting a team, you will also have the option to create a friendly URL
address that is easy to remember and share.
Raise money like a pro with your own personal website address.
Remember to include your friendly URL as part of your e-mail automatic
signature. Each time you send a message, the recipient will be
provided with a reminder to sponsor you. For more fundraising ideas,
visit our download
page at aidswalkmiami.org.
WIN A THREE DAY - TWO NIGHT STAY AT THE
ROYAL PALM HOTEL
RAISE $500 OR MORE BY
MARCH 1ST TO BE ENTERED AUTOMATICALLY
Care Resource is proud to offer a special gift for
one very lucky individual from this year's AIDS Walk Miami fundraiser.
If you have not registered yet as an individual or team member, now is
your opportunity to step into high gear. Raise $500 or more by March
1st and you will automatically be entered to win a Three Day / Two
night stay at one of Miami Beach's legendary resort, the Royal Palm Hotel
Debuting in 1939, the Royal Palm quickly became the talk of the town as
it set the standard for luxury travel. Today the Royal Palm seamlessly
blends historical Art Deco touches with contemporary refinement
featuring freshly renovated guestrooms with amenities like 42”
screen televisions, Wi-Fi and high-speed internet access and hand
crafted furniture. A select group of guestrooms have private balconies
high above the city, showcasing local culture mixing it up below and
radiant blue ocean waters. It's easy to see why whatever you are
for in Miami’s dynamic beachfront, you’ll find it at the Royal Palm
Don't wait for the very last minute! You could be the lucky winner of
this fabulous vacation getaway. Be sure to log in at www.aidswalkmiami.org
and enter your donations today. The total value of this prize is
$500.00. Drawing held March 2nd and the winner will be announced in the
Walk Talk News. Winner must redeem and use this prize no later than
REGISTER FOR THE WALK - YOUR WAY
INDIVIDUAL, JUNIOR AND SLEEP WALKERS UNITE
is about choices. Recognizing the various ways to participate at this
year's event, AIDS Walk Miami has created several registration types to
meet everyone's needs.
From General Walkers to Student Walkers and Sleep Walkers, keep the
pace and set your goals that fit you best.
These types are:
This type is
the default selection for participants who are encouraged to raise a
minimum of $50 in order to receive a commemorative AIDS Walk Miami
t-shirt on the day of the event.
registration type is reserved for Elementary, Junior High and High
School students only. The students are encouraged to raise a minimum of
$25.00 in donations by the day of the walk in order to receive a
commemorative AIDS Walk Miami t-shirt.
Can't make it
out of bed for the walk but still wish to help? Register as a "Sleep
Walker" and you can help support Care Resource without being there!
Raise at least $50.00 by the day of the walk and we will mail you your
official AIDS Walk Miami t-shirt shortly after the event.
If you have already signed up for the Walk and need us to update your
registration type, send an email with your first and last name, email
address and phone number to email@example.com
along with the registration type you are requesting.
Should you have any questions
about the registration process or team information, please contact us
at 305-751-WALK(9255) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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