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The Bubble-Gut Dilemma

By Rev. Andrena Ingram

March 24, 2015

Rev. Andrena Ingram

Trying to get up and get moving. Doctor visit in Center City, and wouldn't you know it ... it's a sh*tty morning! Figuratively and LITERALLY.

It's one of those days ... just like this article says!

Some of these tips work. For the most part, I just try and deal. Probably have to add "Depends" to my sh*tty bag of tricks for days like this.

Doesn't help that I have to take the bus in. That's a whole lotta "clenching" going on. Imodium? No, makes me feel woozy.

Just clench and bear it.

TMI enough for you? Let me know, we don't have to be friends. You're on this journey with me, right?

The truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

By the way ... have you been tested? Do you know your status? What about your community, especially your faith community? What, if anything are you doing for the folks in your community?

Not the perceived marginalized folks either ... senior citizens are at risk, teens and young adults, as well as some Wall Street folks.

Get tested! Know your status. Help someone know theirs.

Oh, and protect yourselves. The Word of God is good ... but honestly, people are gonna do what people do.

Be human.

Hugs and blessings on MY day. Gotta feed these screaming cats and be on my way.

#NoPity #JustTruth

Even in this ... I SHINE!


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Rev. Andrena Ingram

Rev. Andrena Ingram

Reverend Andrena Ingram (also known as "Pastor Andrena" or "Pastor Ingram") has become a strong advocate for those living in the margins, as she once was. She is an activist in the HIV/AIDS arena, herself living openly and unabashedly with the HIV virus for over 22+ years.

Raised in South Jamaica, New York, Reverend Ingram served seven years of active duty in the U.S. Army. She would later move to the South Bronx, where she attended Transfiguration Lutheran Church with Pastor Heidi Neumark as her pastor and mentor -- empowering her to rise up out of herself and her life challenges, which seemed to her, at the time, insurmountable.

Reverend Ingram is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with a Master of Divinity. She has been the pastor of St. Michael's Lutheran Church on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., for the past four years.

Reverend Ingram can frequently be found speaking about HIV/AIDS, encouraging everyone "to know your status, get tested, and be informed." Silence = Death.

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