Surviving to THRIVING
I was diagnosed with HIV in June, 2005 – three days before my 23rd birthday. After several health issues, the disease progressed to AIDS in 2007. At that time I started on antiretroviral treatment and have been undetectable ever since. But that didn’t stop the emotional turmoil involved. I struggled with depression, anger, disgust, and self-destruction the first five years after my initial diagnosis.
In 2010, I decided to redirect my energy to education, fundraising, and volunteerism. Since then I’ve raised thousands of dollars and committed thousands of volunteer hours toward being an outspoken representative, helping to eliminate the stigma and eradicate the disease that affects me and my community.
Aunt Rita’s Foundation is a phenomenal organization and an integral part of the entire community. The many agencies that are supported through AIDS Walk Arizona help bridge the gap between the terror of diagnosis and the relief of treatment and education.
Our community – all races, sexual orientations, gender identities, and ages – benefit from this fundraiser. Any support you can provide is appreciated more than you can imagine.
For more information on my story, please go to this link: https://youtu.be/ipiTH1sQe2k