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Word on the Street: The Mother's Day Edition

May 4, 2011


Antionettea Etienne

Antionettea Etienne

New York, N.Y.; Diagnosed in 1997; Two daughters, two grandsons

One of the greatest joys of being a mom was to see my children grow up without ill health, incarceration or domestic violence and drugs issues. Considering that I have sold and used drugs, was incarcerated for a number of years, dealt with HIV and cancer and have two beautiful daughters and two wonderful and handsome grandsons, I feel so blessed. I have received so much support, love, respect and understanding from them that at times, I want to dance in Macy's front window, my crown of locks flowing back and forth with happiness. There are tears of joy within my heart and down my face. They understand my need to travel all over the world educating as many people as cross my path. They lift me up in prayer when I am not feeling well. Am I blessed or not? They make me proud each and every day to be their mom.

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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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