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A Poem by Paula V. Reid

April 9, 2013

Paula V. Reid is a nurse practitioner and assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington School of Nursing. "This is my dedication and tribute to my patients who live with HIV. I will never be the same because of the way you have touched me, seeing how you continue to move forward every day in this society with preconceptions and misbeliefs. It has been a difficult task, but I have tried to put myself in your place. This is my interpretation of what may be your thoughts, desires and beliefs. Thank you for sharing and changing me, I will be a better health care provider because of you."

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Comment by: Patti (Texas) Wed., Jun. 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm EDT
Your words are heartfelt and touching, Paula. I know you practice what you’ve inspired us to do: treat each woman (each person) as you would want to be treated. Your patients, students, colleagues, and friends are lucky to have you in their lives! I am thankful to be able to call you my dear friend.
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Comment by: Susan Sinclair Roberts (Wilmington, NC) Wed., Apr. 10, 2013 at 9:48 am EDT
Beautiful poem that touches on the unique challenges of women living with HIV. Paula, thanks for sharing your experiences, perceptions, and gifts. Thanks for your voice.
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