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One woman’s testimony of surviving HIV/AIDS

Rhonda Crowder | 11/27/2013, 10:01 a.m.
A mother of two children, working as a supervisor at the Holiday Inn, the news devastated her and ultimately changed ...
Helima Grant Photo by James W. Wade III

From there, she went into schools, churches, difference conferences. “Where ever they needed me, I went.” She even got the opportunity to travel and attend conferences to learn more about the disease.

“I learned about the medicine and what they’ll do to my body because they are very toxic,” she said. “In one way they destroy and in another way, they help.”

She also started to educate her family and her church about the disease. With that, she started to live again. Today, her T-cells are comparable to a person who is not living with HIV/AIDS.

“I am a survivor,” said Grant with a huge smile on her face. “I am a person, today, who works. Today, I am a normal healthy person. I still have problems. Today, it’s my stomach. My legs still bother. I still educate when needed.”

Grant even reconciled with the children, who began to accept her and came back home.

Reflecting on the last 30 years of HIV/AIDS and the devastation it’s caused, she’s become saddened. She doesn’t understand how people continue to have unprotected sex with all we now know about the disease. She wants them to understand, this disease is real.

“I would like people to know that this disease is still here,” said Grant.