Well, where do I start? It is no secret that I have been going through one of the toughest times of my life. I thought I may not be able to go, but how can I cancel when they gave me a partial scholarship ... and The Well Project, where I blog, I am on their CAB and their Global Ambassador, assisted me in every way to show my presence as a Latina activist/advocate there!! So I said "Maria, push through, truck it and be real with what you are feeling emotionally and mentally."
I have been going through one of the roughest times of my life and I wanted to show the world that it is OK to be a strong woman and ask for help at the same time. Being a part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign for HIV and IPV resurfaced many issues I had that I thought had healed, but the reality is that I was just glued together, I had not healed, and now I am in intensive therapy for the first time in my life. I was in a very dark space, greater than any other pain I had felt before, and I really wanted to end the pain and just be free. I am so happy my wife pushed for us to get help, individually and together! This saved my life and maybe our marriage.
Going over 2014 and what is coming for 2015.
How changing your thoughts can improve your wellbeing.
Esta fue la transformación física que tuve.
Primera foto tenia era una niñita que se sentía amada por su madre y querida.
This is the physical transformation I had.
First pic I was a little girl who felt loved and cared for by her mother. At the same time this little girl was getting molested by her uncle and grew up being told she was worthless and that she would never amount to anything.
What an amazing opportunity I was given again by my baby The Well Project (A Girl Like Me)! It was so wonderful to be able to share with 200 HIV positive women from all over the U.S. In the 25 years that I have been living with HIV I never even dreamed that I would be in the same space with so many inspirational positive women. I was able to do something I really never do for myself and that is to vent with another human being about my HIV and women's issues, besides my wife Lisa and my mother. <3
Quiero empezar este blog diciendo esto: si estás tomando Atripla, recuerda que todos los organismos son diferentes ... Estoy hablando de mi propia experiencia y esto no es para asustar a nadie, sino para que tengan más conocimiento de un medicamento que está en el Atripla llamado "Efavirenz."
I want to start this blog by saying this: if you are taking Atripla, remember that everyone's body is different ... I am talking about my own experience and this is not meant to scare anyone, but to make them more aware of a medication that is in Atripla called "Efavirenz."
Muchas cosas especiales me han pasado. Mi libro desde (El dolor y la pasión de una guerrera), mi matrimonio, cambio de medicamentos, y el gran honor que recibí de La comisión Latina contra el SIDA el premio Dennis de Leon Voz de compromiso award.
Many wonderful things are happening. My book is out (From a Warrior's Passion and Pain), my marriage to Lisa, my change of medications, and being honored by Latino Commission on AIDS with The Dennis de Leon Voz de Compromiso Award.