Blessed Gérard's Hospice HAART Programme
Last February I was tested and I found out that I was HIV positive. I decided to be honest and not to hide.
I told my family about my problem but it turned out to be worse than I expected. My family has withdrawn from me, they couldn’t accept my illness. I was at home but nobody had time to cook a meal, nobody had time to take care of me. I was getting weaker and weaker.
I was bitterly disappointed and developed a severe depression. I really hadn’t expected that they would abandon me. I shared my salary with them for 14 years but when I came down they left me. I realized that I can’t rely on anyone and I started praying hard for help.
Then came this letter to my father, who has died in 2005. I was curious and opened it. It was the Newsletter from the Brotherhood. My father must have been a donor but we didn’t know that and so we never told them that he had passed away. Thank God we hadn’t because I started reading and realized that there is a place for me to go to. I called and talked to the doctor. I told him all about me and my family problems and I would like to come because I wish to be in a place where I’m feeling at ease with myself.
When I was admitted I only weighed 37 kg but I am recovering slowly and gaining strength. The nurses are nice and caring and now I know that God took care of me, he led me to the right place.