As my father was dying, he drove me to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota to get tested for HIV.
I had never been tested before and was afraid to go because I was worried it would scare my dad away.
But the doctor there told me that I needed to take an antiretroviral drug to stay alive.
My father’s death was almost a decade ago.
I was 22 and had been living in New York City and Brooklyn for two years when I got the call from my dad’s doctor that I was ready for an HIV test.
I remember feeling a lot of pressure.
My dad was a very strong man who had never really been tested, and I had to take the test as a way of showing my strength to him.
My test came back positive and I immediately felt a lot better.
I felt a little like a hero.
But at the time, I was a drug user.
My first reaction was to quit.
I’d just had a couple of drinks.
I didn and thought, Oh, I’m not going to do it again.
But I didn, and within two months I quit.
For many, that experience has helped me understand the power of self-discipline.
A friend once told me, I should have been in that hospital the whole time, trying to get that needle in me.
But now, I know I was never in a place where I could have given up.
That kind of power is something that I’m still trying to develop and build toward.
I’ve learned that a lot through my own story.
My parents had been battling drug addiction and mental illness for years.
They were struggling with the death of their son.
They had lost their home and their car.
But after getting tested, they felt that it was all in my head and that I wasn’t trying to do anything.
And so, I stopped trying to take care of myself and just focused on my dad.
My mom and dad are still battling drugs.
And I am a bit more disciplined.
But for the most part, I am now just doing what I need to do, staying away from drugs and alcohol and using a lot less than I used to.
I have more friends and have a bigger social circle, and that is something I am still trying not to do.
The other big thing is being a role model.
The more you do that, the more you get the attention and the more people will like you, so it can be a huge advantage for your career.
I think that one of the reasons I am able to maintain my good health, and the health of my family and the community, is because of the love that my dad and I have.
My relationship with my parents has always been very strong, and they have been my biggest role models for me, my closest confidants and friends.
They’ve always given me the support I needed.
My family is now very close to me and they are my biggest source of support, and we have this great relationship.
Now that I am in my early 20s, I’ve had to change my life and be more responsible.
I started going to college at the University of Southern California to study psychology.
I also started to spend more time in the city.
I got married in the fall of 2015 and have three kids, a 9-year-old daughter and a 7-year, 7-day-old son.
I love my kids and I feel like I’ve earned them my respect.
They’re very supportive of my work, my goals and my life.
I know that if I am going to continue to live my life to the fullest, I need their support.
When I was 18, my family moved to New York from Virginia.
I wanted to be closer to my family.
So I moved to a nice neighborhood and started going out with friends.
It’s very different now, but the way I live now has always given my kids a sense of belonging.
And they’ve been really supportive.
I’m glad that they have that, too.
And now, they all feel that they’re part of my life too.
I am thankful to have that support, but I think my biggest strength is my work ethic and my work-life balance.
That is what really matters.
It is the same for me.
I always had a desire to be a good parent.
I want to be the best parent I can be.
But, my parents always taught me that you have to do what you can to help others, and you have two choices.
You can be selfish, and say, I’ll take care but I’m sorry, I can’t.
Or you can say, This is a really important job for me and I’m going to be doing it to the best of my ability.
So it is really important to me to work hard to be successful, and to be able to give back to the community.
That’s what I try to