One year ago today, I got on a plane to Philadelphia for staging for the Peace Corps. One year ago today, I met the other 28 volunteers that I was to spend my next 2 years in Zambia with. I can't believe so much time has passed already. I can't believe I am here, instead of there. Of the 29 of us that started that journey a year ago, 7 of us are already back home... 3 due to Medical Separation, and 4 due to Early Termination. 22 brave volunteers remain. I wish them luck, happiness, and good health as they continue on in the journey that we others could not quite complete. Happy Anniversary REDs 2011. Do us proud!
I am 28. White. A Female. And a former Peace Corps Volunteer. I am HIV Positive. This is my story of how a few months, a few people, and a few events in Zambia changed me and my life forever. This is the story of how I contracted HIV and brought my Peace Corps Journey to a crashing halt... and how I am working now to pick up and put back together the pieces of my life as a newly diagnosed person living with HIV. This was not the journey I had originally planned... my path has traumatically and dramatically changed... but it is the one I am on now. There is no going back. There is only forward. I welcome you to follow along with me as I attempt to explore this new life ahead of me, whether you are someone from the Peace Corps community, or someone living with HIV. I welcome your comments, questions, suggestions, and opinions. Let us go forward together. To start from the beginning, click here He Gave Me More Than A Bracelet.