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Dorene is everyone's best friend.  

Perhaps her skill at building friendships is because her life is so real.  

Early childhood trauma left Dorene with crippled self-esteem that plagued her through her adolescence.  She made bad decisions that cost her her health and her future. She now lives with crippling AIDS.  Related surgeries took away her greatest wish -- to have her own babies. 


Look closely at Dorene's left shoulder.  

Her little white bird, "Pookie" listens to all of her troubles and makes them go away.  

She knows how to live for today. 


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