What One Day Can Do!
June 8, 2017
[Editor's note: The original title of this blog entry was "218 Guerrilla T Cells Is What I Have and I Am Stronger Than Ever!" before Maria updated the entry.]
Undetectable! All organs and blood panel are perfect! So yeah! It was temporary insanity and stress that I brought on myself and external situations that are eating them! The medicine works but it is up to me to control my stress and rage for so many problems we have in the U.S. government, in the world and real-life everyday problems!
I'm in a plane headed toward my beautiful land and country: MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA! I plan to nurture myself, rest and spend time with my parents! I am so happy to see a plane full of Americans and Europeans headed to my beautiful land that was ravaged by 40-plus years of war! Medellín is considered one of the most developed cities in all South and Central America. I invite all of you to come and visit! We love immigrants and we cater to everyone and treat people like kings and queens! No matter who you are.
Back to my 218 T cells ...
Never mind!! I started writing this blog in the airplane to Medellín, Colombia on June 2. Today, June 3, I got an email from my dear doctor, Dr. Patrick Kenney in Midland Medical Center in Wilton Manors, telling me that my T cells were now 466 and my percentage is 33%. I have never had such a high and normal percentage and this is my second best CD4 cell count! I feel shocked and blessed! It's ironic ... when I let go and I finally said f$ck it! I feel strong as hell and if that is what it's going to be I have made peace with it!
Never give up no matter what! Continue to push through no matter what happens in our lives. I wanted to share with all of you my joy and tell you all how grateful I feel! Working out has helped me in so many ways that I urge everyone to do it.
Love and light to all and now I am really going to enjoy this trip here in Colombia and visit some beautiful places with my mother and also celebrate my father's 88th birthday! Until the next time ...
Love and light
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Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away
Maria T. Mejia
I am a Colombian female who lives in Miami, Florida. I've been positive for 20 years. Although almost all my life I've been in long-term relationships with HIV-negative men, I am happily married to a woman who is wonderful and caring. We have been together almost three years and she is HIV negative. I have no children but we will look into having! I am an activist, a peer educator, a caregiver. I volunteered for the Red Cross in education for the Hispanic HIV community and also the American community. I was a pre- and post-test counselor. I have spoken in many conferences and done a lot of outreach in the community, especially in the schools for prevention and education. It is part of my everyday life to educate everyone I can on this subject. Being HIV positive is nothing to be ashamed about! We are strong women, and we will take away all the stigmas slowly but we have to open up.
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