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Blog Her: Day One! I'm Growing!

By Rae Lewis-Thornton

August 2, 2012

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

I made it to New York after a short flight delay... My BFF Luke picked me up and treated me to a French Restaurant in Harlem and then we picked up dessert from Sylvia's, went home and shared it with tea. It was such a wonderful way to end the day! He helped me download Pandora on my iPad and created some play lists. I love Luke he keeps me hip. LOL.

Food was wonderful. New York is never short of wonderful places to eat. Only in Harlem can you get a French restaurant and a soul food restaurant a few doors down from each other.

So I was back up at 6:30 and I've been at Blog Her for a half day. So far so good! I've already met some bloggers so I'm networking. I have already fallen in love with some products. I'll be blogging about them. I simply love this @askbowfex Bow Flex Care Body Reformer. Great Core training but it's so cute, compact and affordable. I'm getting in shape. I will NOT bring this much body fat into 2013. I'm learning it's not good for people living with HIV.

The workshops have been great so far...I'll give you a short update tonight. Moving on to lunch time and more workshops.

Oh yeah, President Obama is addressing us via video at 4:30. It's a full day filled with lots of great information. I'm feeling blessed to be here... Make no mistake, I'm here to grow; and when I grow you grow.

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Rae Lewis-Thornton

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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