December 1, 1994
“AIDS and the Family” was the theme for World AIDS Awareness Day in 1994. I was planning to attend a community church event because a mentor-friend was speaking that night. As typical with plans however . . . things changed. The day before the event my friend’s sister called in a panic pleading with me to fill the spot because mentor-friend had a horrible case of strep throat.
For some, this might not be a big deal. For me, it was terrifying.
I was/am NOT a public speaker
I was emotionally attached to the issue because a friend of mine was HIV positive
I would be exposing a part of my spiritual life to the community that I hadn’t yet openly shared
As an empath I wasn’t sure how the emotions of the families would affect me
Being a big girl, I didn’t know what to wear.