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Monday Reflection: Living With AIDS in My Own Voice!

By Rae Lewis-Thornton

August 8, 2011

This piece originally appeared in Rae's blog, Diva Living With AIDS.

Each day I sit at my computer trying to give you what I think God has given to me to give to you and it flows like a river. But then some days I sit at my computer with nothing to say and from no where it hits me. There are even times when I start writing about one thing and it ends up being another. I never try to force it, I just write what God has put in my heart.

Today is one of those days when I stared at the computer for a few hours. It seems that each direction I go, I get lost. About two hours ago, I said to myself. I'm going to post my interview with veteran political reporter and former editor and chief of Emerge magazine, George Curry, and be done with it; That seemed like an easy way out. But then I never take the easy path do I?

But is seemed no matter how hard I tried to give you some inspiration by pen (or should I say keyboard), the interview with George continues to come flat center stage to my mind.

So today, maybe I say it in a different way. Maybe there is something that you need to hear in my voice. #ForReal.

This was a five-hour interview for the best of what I had to say. George shaped the two-part interview to give a full understanding of what my life is like living with AIDS ... I hope that it is helpful in some way. I hope that it even helps you to understand my life in someway ...

Living With AIDS Part One!

Living With AIDS Part Two!

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Rae Lewis-Thornton is an Emmy Award-winning AIDS activist who rose to national acclaim when she told her story of living with AIDS in a cover story for Essence Magazine. She has lived with HIV for 27 years and AIDS for 19. Rae travels the country speaking and challenging stereotypes and myths about HIV/AIDS. She has a Master of Divinity degree and is currently working on her Ph.D. in Church History. Rae has been featured on Nightline, Dateline NBC, BET and The Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as in countless magazines and newspapers, including Emerge, Glamour, O, the Oprah Winfrey Magazine, Jet, Ebony, the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune, to name a few. She earned the coveted Emmy Award for a first-person series on living With AIDS for Chicago's CBS News.

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