Healing Hope is a project to encourage a cultural shift in harmful narratives that enable HIV-related stigma to persist. We are addressing the visibility of women living with HIV through storytelling. We are pleased to present excerpts of this project here.
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Healing Hope: A Woven Tapestry of Strength and Solace (Spanish Edition) eBook
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"I'm Okay" by Anonymous.
“There are and will still be challenges that I have to work on, and on a daily basis. I have come to the conclusion that we are all warriors and survivors, and it is through the mutual support we can give each other and one day at a time, that I am learning to love myself.”
"A la altura de alcanzar tus sueños" by Kenya.
“All the studies revealed that I was indeed HIV positive. And again, I was stunned. Again, I felt like I was in a bubble and that everything was swirling fast around me. I came to, and I stood solid in the thought that it was whatever it was, and that whatever came, I would keep going. I would give it my all for my daughters! Yes, I fell many times, but I got up again to win many more times. I cried a lot in the shower. I looked in the mirror and couldn’t recognize the deteriorated face I saw there. I cried what I needed to cry. I vented. Then, I would rinse my face and put on makeup. I would come out of the bathroom as if nothing had happened because nobody knew about my condition except me and my partner. I just had to maintain appearances.
Little by little, I began to understand HIV and how to take care of myself. I was invited to meet with a group of women, mothers living with HIV. And that’s when my life took a quick turn. I began to see the sun on the horizon—the good things over the bad. I realized that yes, you can build a life, and create your own story. In that group, I met an angel who said something I will never forget. It’s engraved in me now. ‘Let’s learn to love and embrace where we are in life, a life with HIV.'”