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Miracle of Life: Counting Down to 50!

By Rae Lewis-Thornton

April 14, 2012

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

Rae Lewis-Thornton

The Very Public Me!

I'm counting down to 50 and I'm allowing you to see a side of me that I have never allowed. I have always wanted people to see me at my best, but God laid in my spirit to show you my day to day.

I'm doing this because I want you to really understand my journey. Really understand the miracle of my life. People are always talking about God "curing" me but even with AIDS, I'm a walking miracle, a living miracle.

I want you to see the miracle in my ability to keep pressing no matter what I face day to day. See God do what we all thought was the impossible; live beyond the days of expectation.

In many ways these videos are allowing you to see God moving in my life daily.

We expect a miracle to be this big pie dropping out of the sky, but if we would just stop and take account, you will see the miracles God is performing, and has performed in our lives.

Yes, God has and is blessing me, but I'm doing everything I need to do to live. I take my medications no matter how they make me feel because they are a part of my miracle. Don't be confused, there are people with AIDS that have drug failure.

The miracle of my life is both me and God as actors. I do what I'm supposed to do. I use the free will that God has given me to be the best I can be, no matter what I'm facing. So the combination of my will and desire to live and God moving in my life and having purpose for my life is why I'm still here. But make no mistake this is not an easy journey.

Here are today's videos!

Day 39!! Never Surrender!

I didn't post the last two days of video on the blog so here you go! Also, I got the YouTube bug and more will be coming. Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel! Click Here!

Day 40! Gettin to That Place of OK

Day 41! Happy to Be Alive No Matter What!

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See Also
More Personal Accounts of Women With HIV/AIDS


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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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