( No worries, I’m OK, but I do feel lonely many times, even if I have a life, and I keep busy, and yes, I have you )
Tell me about your own experience, I would love to hear from you. Let’s bring mental health out of the closet.
For me, loneliness feels like suddenly I have a mountain of sand over my body, and it’s heavy and does not let me breathe well, and somehow the sand gets inside my body, and each grain of sand is like a little knife and it hurts, going deeper and deeper, and I can not move.
And my tears come out slowly, almost like slow motion, and I feel like screaming, but I can’t. I’m in bed, facing the ceiling, and somehow I feel like a prisoner.SMILING, but EXPRESSIVE ME.
First “NEW YEAR INTERHEALTH and WELL BEING GATHERING OF FRIENDS
“WHAAAAAT? WHAT IS THIS? LOL, just a group of good friends who are advocates and survivors with a variety of health issues.
Please join us on January2nd, 2022 – 7pm EST, 6pm CST, 5pm AZ time, 4pm PST, at our first “NEW YEAR INTERHEALTH and WELL BEING GATHERING OF FRIENDS”
We’ll have, in this heart-to-heart conversation, a group of amazing advocates and human beings: Ross McCreery, Barby Ingle, Ken Taylor, Tiffany Kairos, Cathy Chester, Mary Patricia Pettigrew, Haley Quinn, and this crazy Latino, Jesus Heberto Guillen Solis.
Don’t miss this chat, tell your friends, clients, and social media followers, about joining us in this conversation that will be fun, informative, and full of healing energy.
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I am lucky to be here, alive, after the person who passed the HIV virus to me died in 1986. No hate, no bad story, I don’t even know if he knew about his health issues.
37 years of surviving, many times not sure if keep going or not, because for the last 15 years or so approximately, I’ve been living with chronic pain.I am part of the first generations growing older with HIV, part of the long-term survivors, using my voice and advocacy as much as I can, because we need you.
Recognizing all advocates who have done so much for others, many are gone, and many more still here, dealing with their health problems, while helping others, even a good percentage doing caregiving for parents, lovers, or friends.WE have to keep speaking up, tell our story, YOUR STORY, write about it, keep sharing your light because we don’t have only aches and pains, we have so much to give to others, so many strengths.
It’s not about having a special place at the table, but it is about HAVING A PLACE AT THE TABLE.
Let’s talk about the AIDS industry, let’s talk about if the agencies and organizations have adapted to the new demographics, where more than 50% of the people living with HIV are over 50 years old.In San Francisco, more than 70% of this community is aging with HIV.
Let’s have more intergenerational communication, let’s do more InterHealth collaborations with groups like HEALTHeVOICES – A groundbreaking leadership conference, WEGO, and THE MIGHTY. Let’s fight against Isolation and loneliness. Let’s do it TOGETHER.
Recognizing our allies as well, hugging you right now.
Thankful that I am an optimistic human, even if I cry many times every day. GRACIAS a todos los que me apoyan, and I hope I’m at least making you smile, or think about HUMANITY.
FELICES FIESTAS!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Difficult times, but let’s keep dancing and singing when we can.
Jesus Heberto Guillen Solis, your singing advocate.#againstageism #hivlongtermsurvivors #aging #together #juntos #LaTerceraEdad
Hello everyone, I just wanted to share with you some links where you can find us on different social media platforms. Let’s keep working together, supporting each other, and fighting against isolation and loneliness. ANY IDEAS?
Jesus Guillen HIV and Aging Workgroup HIV LONG TERM SURVIVORS International Network GroupFounder and Director (415) 626 9077 H(415) 359 7178 cell
Dedicated to all the advocates gone and the ones still here.We should never forget what others have done for us and before us.We should always include all advocates who work for other agencies, not just the ones in your agency and organization; and the ones who are independent and at the same time collaborating with all of them/us.With humbleness, love, and respect, these words that flew from my heart a few minutes ago.
You are ART,
You are Iconic,
You are a body journal,
You are a memory of many,
You are herstory/history in a tear,
You are a SCREAM that never ends,
You are new doors for others,
You are, Beautiful Confusion as Picasso,
You are a PILL that rattles behind the MELODY OF LIFE,
You are a RAINBOW without the rain,but the RAIN without clouds,
You are ME, US, YOUand all the ALPHABETthat dances still over STIGMA,
You are a HEROgone and surviving still,
You are HOPE,seeds and falling leaves.
YOU ARE EVERY WORD HERE,BUT MANY ARE STILL TO BE CREATED.
Please join us this upcoming FRIDAY, December 3rd, at 3.30 PM EST.
Join the conversation, let’s check on each other, and share some healing energy. I hopefully will give you at least a smile. Yes, it is a serious issue, but what is life without humor, still, it has been 40 years since the first cases of HIV/AIDS, and here we are, in the year 2021, after I was diagnosed with HIV in the year 1985. So much to talk about, so, I really hope you join me in this collaboration with REFRESH PSYCHOTHERAPY.
Thank you Lindsey Schafer for the invitation, and please everyone, help me share this with whoever you can, because it’s not just about HIV, it’s about mental health and coping skills in any area of our lives.
THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!!!! To #pozmagazine and to all my friends, health advocates family, as well to all of you survivors, and my #chronicpain brothers and sisters, I mean it, without you I would not be alive. A 37 years HIV LONG TERM SURVIVOR here. So many people had helped me in my journey, and many are gone – but always in my mind-. POZ magazine & Sean Strub, the founder of POZ magazine, were my inspiration and healthy push during the ’90s and years after, and for that, I’m very thankful. Somehow, for me it feels like a circle of life, maybe it’s the melodramatic stereotype of me as a Latino or just my expressive creative spirit talking. By the way, do not forget that we’ll have the pleasure to have a chat/interview with Sean Strub, at the end of this month, keep your eyes open for the information about it.GRACIAS!!!!! THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!!! Help us to grow older with dignity.