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Unashamedly Positive

April 7, 2011

Being diagnosed HIV Positive was the Worst day and the Best day in my life…Ok I know this sounds bizarre but the worst bit was the realization that I might die before I’ve achieved anything with the 36 years I had been on this Earth…NO, actually I had bequeathed a Beautiful son to this World so that is a major achievement. But really felt cheated as had gone undiagnosed for years and been so ill and had really struggled with the day-to-day chores which made me so tired that felt had missed out on a lot of the usual stuff with my boy.

The Best bit being that I finally had an answer to why I had been so ill when the G.Ps had basically said it was all in my head and prescribed me anti-depressants and made me feel like a Neurotic woman.

There are still Bad days but the Good days outweigh them and make me so glad to have survived to be able to tell the tale and share my experiences through the art work I produce…which I always liken to the reaction I sometimes get when I disclose my status…People are drawn to it as it is often from a distance very decorative and only on getting up close and personal do they realize the content!!

I am no longer ashamed and feel Empowered to stand up and shout I AM AN HIV POSITVE WOMAN AND UNASHAMEDLY POSITIVE!!! HEAR ME ROAR

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Berneil permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:05 am

    Hi Mandy, I’m an artist/art teacher as well. I’d love to see some of your work! I’m glad you are able to be “out”, I don’t have that ability right now being a teacher. Good luck and stay happy!

    • April 7, 2011 4:01 pm

      Sorry to hear that. You can see some of my work on
      I would love to see some of the Art you do obviously when you have a moment…being a busy teacher 🙂

  2. April 7, 2011 12:05 pm

    Dear Mandy; I HEAR YOU ROAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    peace, Gisele

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