I'm extremely thankful and proud to have been selected
as 1 of the POZ 100 2013 Unsung Heroes.
2004 - present:
I'm a steady reader of POZ magazine and in the beginning I used to look at all the photo's of for the most part see happy people and wonder why I was so unhappy. I wondered why there wasn't anything at the time about people who live with chronic mental illness as well as HIV/AIDS mentioned. This led me to believe I was alone and in 2004 my second AIDS ride in New York City, rode wearing my own cycling jersey, the logo found on my website with my mission to raise both awareness for others like myself who confront compound stigma and money for both bi polar disorder and HIV/AIDS.
With four rides completed and close to $15,000 raised I decided to participate in the largest AIDS ride held in California, AIDS Life Cycle with over three thousands cyclist each year. Please find below my photo of me found on my blog titled P2P (Peer to Peer) You are not alone, and from that day forward so many people have stepped forward that they two live with Bi polar, anxiety, depression, substance abuse.
It wasn't until 2009 that I read this, "John Anderson, Senior Director of the Office on AIDS at the APA, and another partner in the study, says he is excited by the collaboration between the groups and sees the survey as an important first step in improving mental health and substance use services for people with HIV. - Source: POZ & AIDSmeds.com, April 28, 2009. Since then five other facts have been found, the most recent a statement, "It means less support for mental health and substance abuse to deal with the very issues that were part of that reason that they are living with HIV and AIDS. - Source: Where Has All the HIV Funding Gone?, then Janet Weinberg Chief Operating Officer, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, August 9, 2013
Today I continue to on my journey towards full recovery, share my writings, and share my story both in print and in person to organizations and individuals. I encourage all of you to share yours, and invite you to at email@example.com
Please read the entire article titled: "The POZ 100 Celebrating Unsung Heroes , read about all of us, our stories and how each of us both inspire and show so many that they aren't alone.
Thank you again for this recognition and certificate.
Peer Specialist for both
HIV+ and Mental Illness