We Are Family: Meet the Families 1.0 (2:09) I Greater Than AIDS

We Are Family: Meet the Families 1.0 (2:09) I Greater Than AIDS


You look the exact same. When you get a diagnosis like HIV
you tell yourself internally that I’m not valuable anymore. I wanted her to know that she could
talk to me and I would not judge her. We have to get over the stigmas that
we place on it. We have to stop looking at morality and start looking at spirituality. I told my sister that I was HIV positive,
it was very scary, but I felt like that l could trust her. When I was newly diagnosed and really
trying to navigate HIV. I really didn’t talk a lot about it. When I wanted to just talk
about it. My mom was always a listening ear. Hello? Hey Mama. Well, being a mama, my first thing
is telling him, “Duston, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to okay.” My Mom is a huge part of the reason
why I want to stay healthy. When I was diagnosed, my kids were
very young I remember her coming in the bedroom
and sitting me down and saying. Never let no one tell you that, you never amount to
nothing. We taught each other. There were
times that she would ask me, did you take your medications today? My biggest thing is his medicines.
He’s got to stay healthy. You have to find somebody to take
care of your spirit, you have to have a strong support system. When I talk to people who don’t have
that support, it saddens me because I know how vital that was for me. Love you! We are family. And that’s what I
think is most important- you know, us helping each other. He’s my kid, I love him with all my
heart. Bless our souls, bless our families. Let’s eat!

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