I was diagnosed with HIV just a year ago. I was not surprised. I always took care of myself, but then on one occasion I didn´t protect myself …. I became seriously ill, and there seemed no hope I would live. My family was fully supportive. They were by my side night and day.
I’m now under treatment, and people are amazed at my recovery. I do a lot of sports, I’m a spinning instructor, I work at three gyms.
I don’t pretend to be an example. All I want is to open people’s eyes, because anyone can be in this situation.
I’m a very happy person, because if you have a good sense of humor you can achieve lots of things. You transmit joy to other people and help them endure their problems.
I identify a lot with this thought: “Don’t fall asleep thinking that something is impossible to achieve, because you might be woken up by the noise made by someone who is achieving it.”
I always make jokes about my situation. HIV lives with me, I don’t live with it. I’m not going to let it defeat me. I laugh at it, I have fun, I have it, and I’m still here.
“My light will shine on for you”—that’s the title I chose for the exhibition of my pictures, and it is dedicated to my family, because thanks to them I am still standing. And tomorrow, when my light fades, it will still shine for them.
All of my pictures have a special message. Each one is imbued with the light shining in my eyes. All the beauty and spirit that I possess, it´s represented in those pictures.