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Word on the Street: The Mother's Day Edition

May 4, 2011


J'Mia Edwards

J'Mia Edwards

Washington, D.C.; Diagnosed in 2005; Three children: Ja'Waun (11), Terry (9) and Arianna (3)

My greatest joy of being a mother is the unconditional love that each one of my kids shows me, which has increased since me telling them I have AIDS. My oldest son is like my father -- always making sure that I take my meds, making sure I eat and helping take care of his brother and sister. My youngest son is more sensitive, asking me if I need a foot massage -- he likes to make sure I'm relaxed. My baby girl is always hugging and kissing on me. My greatest challenge as a mother is learning to balance work, kids and my AIDS. I try my best not to let my kids know when I'm feeling sick so they won't worry about me. I tell them to let Mommy worry. This last year and a half I have learned that what doesn't kill me will only make me stronger. My kids are my strength and they are my support system all the time; even when they are put on punishment they still love me.

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Comment by: Stephanie (long island, NY) Fri., May. 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm UTC
This is very inspirational and I am grateful to know there are such loving women like you out there!
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Comment by: Larry Estrada (Wichita, Ks) Fri., May. 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm UTC
I am always honored to read your stories you Guys are a true inspiration one in Particular who I am both honored and humbled by Is you Shana my sister you inspire me every day.I love all of you guy but my sister takes the cake sorry but she does.As for the rest of you guys thanks so very much for breaking the silence ending the stigma fighting the good fight you have inspired me to do what I can as well and tell my story in a more public forum thanks for everyting and thank you all at the for your efforts with out you we would not have this outlet so if people dont tell All of you enough I love you all and I appriciate all of you.Sincerely
Larry Estrada Diagnosed with HIV since 1998
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Comment by: Lisa D. (Pittsburgh, Pa) Fri., May. 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm UTC
The best part about being a mother is being blessed to be one it's a gift from GOD!! Some of my biggest lesson through being a mother is learning patience, unconditional love, committment, trust, understanding and learning how to persevence...

Some of my biggest challenges are letting go.. I know that at some point you have too, but these are my babies we are talking about.. I have 4 childen two grown Daugthers and two sons 18,10...

Am just very grateful that they all hae been taught and given tools that will help them to shape their own lives and be able to make healthy choices..

I thank GOD for that lessons and blessings..
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mother's out there.. It's not an easy job, but the gift of motherhood is priceless and i wouldn't change a thing.. Mother's Day is about LOVE!!!
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