It’s a Blessing…vocation…joy…purposeful…personal! Many life-changing, inspiring relationships and bonds have been formed both with colleagues, friends and patients, and the patients and their significant others.
I believe God used my relative to awaken me to the world of HIV. He used his and our experience as family and friends in recuperating from AIDS and living with HIV, to work in helping others discover there is life, a full life after learning one is HIV positive.
Working at MRF is not a job but rather my vocation. Being an advocate for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS has brought growth to both my professional and personal life.
I also have the opportunity of working with a multidisciplinary team whose primary focus is always the client. I am humbled to be part if this esteemed team at MRF.
The treatment of HIV is somewhat complex but extremely interesting. When you see a patient who is very ill recover from their illness and become independent individuals living and working in the society, it is heart-warming.
Antiretroviral medication works and anyone who is HIV positive should be on treatment so they can enjoy a good quality of life.
It is a calling with great results working with many who had or have given up. With medicine and guidance, it is great to see many people healthy and back to normal life. This is unlike the days before HAART. The MRF family is a rare breed of workers, committed no matter the circumstances. Working in the field of HIV gives me the chance to help people in many different ways.
The ability to offer hope is the best thing. When a client comes in, newly diagnosed, tearful, in despair over what they consider the end of their life, it’s a privilege to offer hope and have them leave with a smile.