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.

Friday, June 7, 2013


Just wanted to share an awkward moment with you...

So here I am on a date, relaxing and watching the basketball game last night... and during halftime my date says, "You know who that broadcaster is, right?" (he's kind of messing with me because I don't know all that much about basketball).

So, I'm like, "ummmmm... nope... can't think of anyone. Give me a hint."

So he says, "AIDS."

And I go into an instant state of silent shock and a "Oh ****" in my head.

Taking my silence as ignorance, he says, "Magic Johnson! Come on, you gotta know that!"


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  1. LOL, just like you to not know who that was. Glad you are back to blotting. Love you.

  2. I am horrified that this should beok

    1. I don't know Jamie, I wasn't really offended by it. I mean, Magic Johnson is a huge HIV Activist, and one of the very few famous people to be out about it... so of course people are going to associate HIV/AIDS with him. So, to me it kind of makes sense as a logical "hint" to help someone guess who it is.
      I just reacted in shocked silence because I was mortified that the topic of HIV came up randomly, and I wanted at all costs to avoid it...

  3. Just wanted to let you know that I have read every single one of your posts, they give me strength. Thanks a lot!, please keep doing it.

  4. It has greatly helped to learn about the experience of another heterosexual person going through this.
    I'm a guy who got hiv just a few months ago from a girl, due to unprotected sex. I have a great life, a family that loves me, and a great job, and now, it feels that everything is at risk. I don't even think about future relationships or things like that yet, just focusing on accepting my new reality.
    It's admirable how you did it.