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An Interview With Cedric Sturdevant -- Part of the Series _This Positive Life_

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    "Because we didn't want anyone to know -- because of stigma and fear -- and we were basically around his family, we didn't seek treatment. We didn't even try to find a doctor."
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    "I was afraid to tell her, because I hate to see my mother cry. So I thought that's what she was going to do. But she was like, 'You're going to be OK. God got you. You're going to be OK.'"
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    "But once I began to get well, gained my strength back, and once I talked with my mother and told her that I wanted to be a voice, they were like, 'We're going to be here to support you in whatever you do.'"
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    "God has saved me from this big disease with the little name."
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    "You'll be less stressful if you just be you, and not try to live life for other people, the way they want you to live."
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    "If you don't have support, just build yourself up. There will be somebody that will support you. But you've got to want to support yourself first. It starts with you."
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    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.