Darkina recalls how the relationships with her family members was altered by her HIV diagnosis.
The relationship with my family, as far as my HIV, my recovery, my family today love that I am back. I just celebrated my one year and it was only standing room. They were there and the family was everywhere in the building and I am very thankful. I am very grateful. They are all supportive. Any time I pick the phone and call, everyone is willing to listen to my education on HIV, willing to talk about HIV whenever I want to talk about HIV, whenever I am around.
There’s no embarrassing times. A lot of them sometimes say they can’t believe that I am just so open about it and I am very grateful. I love my family. My family understands that I am not who I used to be. I am a new person that loves myself and their problems is their problems today, not mine.