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David posted his experience with the LIFE Program, the World AIDS Day Vigil, and POZitive Attitudes on KosAbility, a community diary series on the Daily Kos.

Read David’s KosAbility dairy as well as the comments & then add to the discussion!

“…And for our last meeting the LIFE Program gave us a graduation ceremony. We had just answered the same extensive questionnaire we had answered before the program began to compare our personal and group progress. My low ones, Grief and Loss went from 19% to 91%; Trusted Support 23% to 100%; Depression from 25% to 91% and Life Purpose and Goals from 35% to 98%. My overall score went from 57% to 95% for all 26 of the co-factors. Amazing numbers I would say! The overall group total went from 63% to 78%.

But it’s not all about numbers. All the guys told me they noticed my appearance got better and I was smiling and socializing more at the end of the Program. I have to say I noticed many good changes in them too. I will miss my weekly Tuesday meetings with them.

But now it’s time to move on. I have a better outlook on life and a bunch of new friends to share it with. I have found a great group of guys in POZitive Attitudes that meet every Wednesday at the Pride Center and do other activities all the time. I have also organized my paintings, gotten a website for them and am having a month-long exhibition at the Pride Center for the whole month of January that came from encouragement and direction while in the LIFE Program.

It may be called the Shanti Learning Immune Function Enhancement Program, or Shanti LIFE Program for short. But to me it’s just all about life! It’s certainly made a huge difference in mine. I have one again.”

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The Daily Kos

In today’s Daily Kos, one of the nation’s most popular politcal Web sites, LIFE Program participant David W. writes about his 26 years of living with HIV… and recent discovery of the LIFE Program….

“I moved back to South Florida and was settling in here when I got sick. I got really, really sick. I should have died. Somehow I didn’t? It’s been a struggle. But I’m still here. I’m still alone.

“Over the years I’ve sought out help. Support groups, psychiatrists, caseworkers, and counselors. None have been much help. None were comprehensive enough to address my problems and emotions.

“A few weeks ago I was talking to someone who is also HIV+. He told me of a support group in Ft Lauderdale called the Shanti LIFE Program. They cover everything about surviving with HIV, from every aspect. I searched for them on Google and signed up for their program in San Francisco by mistake. I was crying while I filled out the application. I had been waiting 26 years for someone to talk to, someone who would understand my pain. 26 years of pain hidden deep inside of me. They must have felt compelled to call. They called the next day and referred me to some people in Ft Lauderdale offering the program here. It all happened so quickly. Before I knew it I was sitting in the first meeting of their 11th cycle of the program that started a few weeks ago. It’s an 18-week program. After the first meeting I was driving home. A 40-minute drive. And on that drive I felt a huge weight lifted up from my heart. I saw a light. I felt a tinge of happiness. Something I haven’t felt in 26 years. 26 years ago today.

“I’ll write more when the program is over December 8th. There are 50 guys in the LIFE program here this cycle. Many just diagnosed. Many diagnosed over twenty years ago like me. There are others too, who have died inside like me. But now I have a feeling my life is starting again. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m anxious to share what I have learned. It’s been a long wait.”

Read David’s Story in the Daily Kos…

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