Today, three (3) years ago I went public with my #HIV positive status by sending my website into the world.
It did take me six (6) years to go public but I am happy to say once I did, it felt like a massive burden had been lifted from my shoulders and my health started to flourish.
It wasn’t the easiest thing to do as I assumed there would be some negativity from some and possibly be deleted from other’s lives.
I am happy to say, that was not the case at all and I thank every single one of you for the amazing support and feedback I have had over this period, which seems much longer than 3 years.
So much has happened and my website and presence on the internet/social media has put many people that are living with HIV in touch with me.
Thanks to Shawn Fouche and Charlotte Kemp for sponsoring my website. They are still a huge presence in my life and were also instrumental in getting my book, The Deadly Seducer, published. My eternal gratitude.
My Mother, Lindsay Heydenrych has probably been the most supportive of all, in so many ways, my humblest gratitude.
I have landed on various TV shows:
Carte Blanche, SABC1, 1KZN TV, featured in the FNB advert ‘YouCanHelp’ campaign.
The Saturday Independent, Sunday Tribune, Highway Mail, Witness, Mercury, Daily News, Cape Argus, City Press….and it goes on!
Longevity Magazine, Balanced Life (Foschini Mag)
Voice of The Cape, OFM, Gagasi
The point I am making is that the message is getting out and that, is the ultimate objective here.
My thanks also go to the media for sharing this with the public and I have no doubt I have neglected some names here, my apologies.
I like to think that I have managed to quell some fears, be supportive and share information with these people and I hope it has assisted those that are HIV Negative, to remain so.
Many thanks again and I ask you, one and all:
TAKE CARE – BE AWARE!
May you make the right choices.