“When I was first diagnosed..."
...Nobody in the doctor’s office could convince me I would be OK. My whole world seemed to change. I stopped eating with silverware and dishes in fear of infecting my family. I felt I no longer deserved to be hugged or loved. I stopped working and began to have a difficult time making ends meet at home. My case manager referred me to the Peer Support Program where I met my Treatment Adherence Counselor. Meeting with her changed everything. She told me her story and how she lives with HIV. She made me feel like I would be OK. Since working with her, I started to come to my clinic appointments. I even started coming to the support group. She changed my life.” - NW
A few quotes regarding Camp Hope-
....Camp Hope is the only place that I don't feel different. I have to keep a big secret when I am at school and even around family members but at camp, everyone is going through the same thing as me and I can just relax, have fun, and be myself- CS
...I live a stressful life and just to have three stress-free days brightens my life. I can't thank you enough; without this I don't have much to look forward to.- CJ