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So Very Thankful!
By Lynda Arnold
November 9, 2014

Moving on from October ... finally feeling better, glad to be home here in sunny California and starting to feel the seasons change! Yes we have them -- don't let people tell you otherwise! It's the month of thanks and I have a ton to be thankful for. I guess it was that coming-to-Jesus meeting in the hospital when my fevers were so high and I literally thought "OK, God, I'm not gonna make it am I?" Well, since I did make it out I have turned a new leaf. I'm taking my meds. My numbers are going up -- not quite undetectable but pretty darn close. Not sure I need to be and not gonna stress over it really. Doc is happy. I'm happy. Trying to see if I can stabilize off the Neupogen and clear the neutropenia. To rid myself of twice-weekly injections right now would be pretty cool!

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One Day at a Time
By Rae Lewis-Thornton
November 7, 2014

Over the years I've had mild bouts of depression but nothing on this magnitude since I transitioned to AIDS twenty- two years ago. Back then I thought that I was never going to get AIDS and when I did, it caused the worst mental health crisis of my life. I cried all day and I was barely making it through my daily routine. I started medication but I think the turning point was when I started speaking at high schools here in Chicago. God gave my life new purpose and meaning and that turned things around.

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Then, a Year
By Matt Ebert
October 28, 2014

Here is a story for you. In the spring of 2012, he walked the Appalachian Trail. He got on a train in Penn Station, took it to the last stop then started walking. My friend didn't bring a coat. He didn't bring any money, or food or buy a return ticket. This was going to be it -- the end, that final disappointment, as Peggy Lee would bemoan.

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Stress No More
By Tree Alexander
October 20, 2014

First thing in the morning, sometimes before we even open our eyes, we are consumed with a dozen responsibilities. I know my daily "to-do list" is as long as my weekly grocery list. Of course, that's not very short when you're shopping for the whole family. But, maybe your day starts a little different. Maybe your day starts out simple and gets a bit hectic just after you clock in at work. Here comes that neck cramp then, that tooth ache. You wonder just how much extra your manager will load on you today, while awaiting a call from your sister about any complication with her pregnancy, or hearing about the health of your parents. As these thoughts rumble through your brain, your body gets prepared for the fight. The nerves in your brain signal an alarm letting the rest of your body know that the war is right ahead. Your hormones ignite your heart while you immune system preps the front line to fight pathogens. Your muscles pull in more oxygen while your senses flare on high alert -- and it's not even lunch time.

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D.C. Calling Corey
By Antron Reshaud Olukayode
October 16, 2014

With Mary perfuming the air, Lyn, myself and her man Ty were enjoying the atmosphere of my villa with a soundtrack playing in the background. We began interpreting my art when Corey buzzes my apartment. He enters the festivities and is face to face with Lyn and finally present in the flesh. Corey takes the grocery bag in his hand and places it on my countertop.

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Corey
By Antron Reshaud Olukayode
October 15, 2014

So, for a few weeks I've been enjoying the company of a wonderful soul who in such a short time has changed my life in more ways than one. His name is Corey. I met him at a random trip to Starbucks on 7th and Peachtree Midtown.

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The Human Pillbox
By Matt Ebert
October 14, 2014

What's in a name? They asked me to come up with a concept and the only thing I came up with is KIM KARDASHIAN HAS AIDS. I stopped there. Even though I know there is more to it, I'll just stop there. 'AIDS.' That's my blog name, keep it simple, stupid--AIDS. I like four letter words like FUCK, COCK, ARSE and AIDS over three letter words like AZT, HIV, ASS and RIP.

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Kick Rocks
By Matt Ebert
October 14, 2014

KICK ROCKS is a blog about bracing yourself, skipping down life's pathway with AIDS. I first heard the phrase KICK ROCKS in deep rehab, when I was getting over a three year bender. The merry-go-round was grinding to a halt, and my body was putrefying before my very droopy eye balls. It was good times in gory places. It was somewhere around 2000 something, and someone said if I didn't like how I felt about something (at the time, heroin withdrawal) I could go ‘Kick Rocks!' Meaning there was nothing I could do about it but hurt my foot.

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Know Your Worth
By Nolan Hill
October 10, 2014

"Never let anyone have power over your worth ... never let anyone control your voice."

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