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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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