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My Fabulous Disease

Walking Through Emotional Crisis


A Video Blog

By Mark S. King

October 24, 2011

This is a rather personal blog video, there's no doubt about that. I'm even a little apprehensive because it doesn't offer the usual helpful tips or the "entertainment value" of my other videos. But one of my problems has always been trying to be the life of the party when I'm not feeling it. So please allow me to offer you a different Mark than you might be used to, unplugged and exposed.


Episode 39: Walking Through Emotional Crisis

The last few weeks have been tough, I won't lie to you. My nine-year relationship came to an end, and I've found myself feeling a lot of self-pity and fear -- that is, when I slow down long enough to feel at all.

My schedule has been fast and furious, and now things seem even busier as I make plans related to the breakup, including my return in January to my beloved Atlanta, where a strong support network of friends awaits me with open arms.

Until then, I'm lucky to have friends like David Fawcett, who also happens to be a therapist (everyone should have a friend who's a mental health counselor, if you ask me). David serves as one of the panel of experts here on TheBody.com, as well as writing his own blog with helpful messages related to our emotional wellbeing.

In this, the newest video episode of My Fabulous Disease, David and I sit down for a very candid talk about my fears and even some of my unhealthy thought patterns, some of which have been with me for a very long time.

Thanks for watching, my friends, and please be well.

Mark

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See Also
Guide to Conquering the Fear, Shame and Anxiety of HIV
Trauma: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives
More on Coping With Stress and Anxiety
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My Fabulous Disease


Mark S. King has been an active AIDS activist, writer and community organization leader since the early 1980s in Los Angeles. He has been an outspoken advocate for prevention education and for issues important to those living with HIV.

Diagnosed in 1985, Mark has held positions with the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, AID Atlanta and AIDS Survival Project, and is an award-winning writer. He continues his volunteer work as an AIDS educator and speaker for conferences and events.

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Interviews With Mark:

Mark King Looks Back at the AIDS Epidemic's Darkest Hour in the U.S. (May 14, 2008)

This Month in HIV: Crystal Methamphetamine and HIV (August 2007)


Articles by Mark:

Meth Burial (May 2008)

Outliving My Father (May 22, 2001)
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AIDS Always Benefits from What We Don't Talk About (April 2001)


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