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Maria T. Mejia

Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away


Esconder Que Estoy Enferma No Es Algo Bueno
8 de abril de 2014

Este mes de abril será el 25 aniversario conviviendo con el VIH. Los últimos 2 años de vivir con el VIH han sido los más difíciles para mí y muchos no saben esto. No me gusta para mostrar o decirle a la gente cuando me siento enferma, y es muy frustrante para mí saber que estoy haciendo todo que debo y más y todavía se siente como que estoy como un bebé -- y cualquier virus anda en el aire lo cojo y estoy enferma de nuevo. Parece que no he podido tener un descanso. He escrito antes acerca de sentirse atrapado ... nunca completamente enfermo de hospitalización y nunca 100 por ciento saludable para sentirse bien.

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Hiding When I Am Sick Is Not a Good Thing
April 8, 2014

This April will be my 25th anniversary living with HIV. The last 2 years of living with HIV have been the hardest for me and many do not know this. I don't like to show or tell people when I feel ill, and it is very frustrating for me to know that I am doing everything I am supposed to and then some, and still feel like I am a baby -- exposure to any virus or bug and I am sick once again. It seems I haven't been able to catch a break as far as getting ill and I have written before about feeling stuck ... never completely ill for a hospitalization and never 100 percent healthy to feel good.

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Las Películas que Pueden Alimentar el Estigma y la Ignorancia
16 de marzo de 2014

Cuando me senté con mi esposa Lisa para ver El Club Compradores de Dallas (Dallas Buyers Club), yo estaba en shock, qué actores maravillosos. Realmente hicieron un buen trabajo! Y fue parte de la historia. Eso lo viví através de la mayor parte de mi diagnostico en lo que esta enfermedad era conocida como GRID o una condición de prostitutas o drogadictos. Pero, nada toca a Filadelfia para mí :) Fue una película muy profunda y me tocó profundamente! Supongo que es una cuestión de gustos, no quitándole nada la película BDC.

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Movies That Can Fuel Stigma and Ignorance
March 16, 2014

As I sat with my wife, Lisa, and watched Dallas Buyers Club, I was like "wow! what wonderful actors!" They really did a good job! And it was part of history. I lived through most of that in those times when this condition was known as GRID, or a condition for prostitutes or drug users. But nothing touches Philadelphia for me. :) It was a very deep movie and it touched me deeply! I guess it is a matter of taste, not taking anything away from DBC.

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Una Niña Perdida
3 de marzo de 2014

Esta era yo en uno de los peores momentos de mi vida ... una niña perdida ... ¡tenia alrededor de 15 años, pandillera, una delinquente! ¡Me odiaba a mí misma! ¡No hay fotos de esa epoca! No soy ni una partícula delo que fue esa chica ... ¡Ella sufrió! ¡Ella estaba con dolor! Escondía su cuerpo y su rostro ... ¡se sentía fea y sin valor! Ella creyó lo que le dijeron ... ¡ELLA ERA UNA NADA Y NUNCA llegaría a nada! Ella sólo se había perdido yestaba herida, y esa imagen dura sólo era una armadura para que nadie le hiciera mas daño o se acercara a ella. Este era yo, Maria Teresa Mejia. Yo era un pequeño gusano que se convirtió en una mariposa y ahora estoy volando alto. Amor y luz.

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A Lost Girl
March 3, 2014

This is me in one of the worst times of my life ... a lost girl around 15 years old, a gang member, a thug! I hated myself! There are really no pics of my past. I am not a single particle of that girl anymore ... she suffered! She was in pain! She would hide her body and her face ... she felt ugly and worthless!!! She believed what she was told ... SHE WAS A NOTHING AND NEVER WOULD AMOUNT TO ANYTHING! She was just lost and hurting, and that hard image was just an armor so no one would hurt her or get close to her. This was me, Maria Teresa Mejia. I was a little worm that became a butterfly and now I am flying high. Love and light.

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Día Mundial del SIDA: El VIH Se Detiene Conmigo
November 20, 2013

El VIH se detiene conmigo! por favor, si usted sabe que tiene el virus digalo antes de tener relaciones sexuales ... no ponga a nadie en peligro por razones egoístas, o por estigma, o por miedo a ser rechazado .. Nunca he sido rechazada y yo creo que es porque toco el tema y sentir como piensa la persona sobre el virus ... no dejo que mis emociones sean demasiado profundas antes de revelar que tengo el virus ... también sé que una persona tiene todo el DERECHO a no querer vivir esta situación, o cualquier situación! Esto es respetable!

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HIV Stops With Me
November 20, 2013

HIV stops with me! Please, if you know you have the virus, disclose before engaging in sexual relations. Do not put anyone at risk because of selfish reasons, or because of stigma, or because of fear of being turned down. I have never been rejected and I believe it's because I bring the subject up and feel the person out. I do not let my emotions get too deep before I disclose. I also know that a person has all the right to not want to deal with this situation or any situation. This is respectable!

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Despues de la Tormenta, Viene el Arco Iris
22 de octubre de 2013

Después de todas las pruebas y las tormentas siempre confia que un arco iris vendrá. No te sientas mal por las cosas que pasan ... estas son las cosas que nos hacen fuertes y evolucionar espiritualmente. Está bien sentirse frustrado, enojado y hasta sin esperanza, siempre y cuando no dejas que te arrastre hacia abajo. Continua luchando y todo estara bien! Cree en ti mismo y que todo lo que te sucede en la vida tiene una razón de ser y tiene un sentido. Si todo en la vida fuera fácil y no pasaramos por momentos difícililes, nunca podríamos aprender y crecer.

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After the Storms, a Rainbow Will Come
October 22, 2013

After all the trials and storms, always believe that a rainbow will come. Never feel bad for the things you go through, these are the times and things that makes us strong and evolve spiritually. It is ok to feel frustrated, angry and even hopeless, as long as you do not let it take you down. Keep on keeping on you ... will be ok! Believe in yourself and that everything that happens in life has a reason and a meaning. If everything in life was easy and nothing hard ever happened, we would never learn and grow.

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HIV & Me: A Guide to Living With HIV for Hispanics
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Maria T. Mejia

Maria T. Mejia

I am a 37-year-old 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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