Long-Term Survivors Gather to Share Stories of Resilience

The Reunion Project South Florida for HIV long-term survivors took place January 27-29 at The Pride Center and World AIDS Museum in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Over 100 people attended the main event on Saturday, with a keynote address on strengthening emotional resilience by David Fawcett, PhD, LCSW, and additional breakout sessions on mindfulness techniques, addressing isolation, and the unique healthcare needs of HIV long-term survivors.

Following are just a few of the comments from participants. For more information and to learn more about upcoming events, go to tpan.com/reunion-project. The Reunion Project is made possible by support from Bristol Myers-Squibb and TPAN.

-- Jeff Berry

Thank you for a fabulous conference with other long-term survivors who are thriving with HIV. The World AIDS museum was also incredible. You guys rock.

-- Valerie Wojciechowicz

Taking part in The Reunion Project over the weekend renewed my faith that as long as we work collectively -- rather than scattered solo efforts -- we will experience the real reward of being in this community, inviting others to opt to be with us, rather than going it alone.

-- Michael Varga
Norcross, Georgia

Thanks to all the staff of the Reunion Project for bringing this program to Fort Lauderdale, and to all the men and women who opened their hearts and made this such a rich and moving day.

-- David Fawcett, PhD, LCSW
Ft. Lauderdale

Thanks for a cathartic experience this weekend. Some of the reawakening was painful, but what a wonderfully safe space to process. I hadn't realized how many of those decade-old wounds were there.

-- Johnny Waitt
Ft. Lauderdale

The weekend in Ft. Lauderdale was just what I needed. Thanks to your group and TPAN and the local facilitators for a memorable and healing experience. I have been changed for the better.

-- Harry C.S. Wingfield
Davenport, Florida