I was 18, a freshman in college – I didn’t
understand how I would live with HIV. I remember my dad just giving me a big hug and he was
really supportive of me and my mom, – at the time that she didn’t know about HIV, but she
never judged me When I was newly diagnosed and really trying
to navigate HIV- I really didn’t talk a lot about it and I really kept a lot of things
in, so when I had those moments when I wanted to just talk about it, my mom was always a
listening ear. Hello. Hey mama How was your day? It was good. She would be right there along my side – she
would go to the doctor’s with me – she would go in the back with me – she would have a
notepad and she would ask questions and we taught each other. So she would go to different
websites and read about HIV and the importance of taking my medication and there were times
that she would ask me, did you take your medications today? She would remind me to take my medication. When I talk to people who don’t have that
support, it saddens me because I know how vital that was for me.
I’m currently a student at Savannah State University, majoring in biology. I always
wanted to go into the medical field. Maybe medical doctor, Dr. Abraham Johnson – and
that’s the – she would say – “That’s my baby.” I love you!