After launching this blog to the Peace Corps community only a few days ago, I am overwhelmed and overjoyed by the number of readers and positive responses I’ve received. Sharing my story in this way has lifted a burden off of my heart and given me a freedom and joy that I have not felt in months. As I’ve experienced the power of sharing my story to pure strangers, it has given me the courage to take the next step and now share my story with my family and friends. I cannot hide this any longer. I am who I am, with or without this disease. In the words of one of my wise new HIV+ friends, “I have nothing to be ashamed of.”
Thank you all for your continuing love and support. Happy Holidays!