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Sharon on Getting Sober and Getting Custody After an HIV Diagnosis

An Interview With Sharon Gambles -- Part of the Series _This Positive Life_

    This Positive Life
    "My dad was a heroin addict and an alcoholic. My mom was an alcoholic. So I'd seen this."
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    "I think I had got to a point where it had to be something better for me than what I was doing for myself. I just really, really had that gut feeling: this is not what Sharon's supposed to be doing."
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    "You know, I'm not the one that says I should have been dead, because I shouldn't have been dead. I really think that my higher power had a plan for me. This was his plan for me. It was for me to give back."
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    "I have got my own place. I have my own car now. I have my own bank account. I'm in love with my kids. I'm an outgoing parent. You know, we bowl and we play, and stuff like that. Yeah. I'm just -- I'm grateful, I'm really grateful."
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    "My experience is that I am a very romantic, compassionate person. And I feel I deserve the same for me. I love me. And so I know how to love someone else."
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    "I can finally see how San Francisco looked, because I was always looking down. Now, my head is up. I have some self-esteem again. I have some integrity about myself. I have some respect about myself."
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    Bonnie Goldman