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Help people like Teresa

I started with FAP’s support groups in San Bernardino because I had a hard time coming to terms with my condition. Then I discovered that not only did they have those support resources, but they had the resources to really help me — counseling, help with my bills. They’ve been my backbone in dealing with this disease.

I wish I would have known about an organization about this when I was newly diagnosed. There’s help out there, there are resources out there, and the best one out there is FAP. There is help.

You just have to reach out. Their support groups are the best thing for a person newly diagnosed.

 

Help us support people like Sammie

FAP helped me realize that I’m okay, just the way I am. There’s a support group there on Tuesday nights which connected me with other, not just men, but people living with HIV and AIDS. That is one of the places from which I’ve gained the most confidence in myself as someone who can assist others. It took for me to receive that from others so that I could learn to give it, and it’s something I give actively. In fact, because of the support group at FAP, I started an HIV support group at my church. That’s how empowered FAP has helped me to be in my life.

I’ve been there now for five years. Without FAP, honestly, I think I’d be lost. I wouldn’t have a clue of who I am or how I can be of service to anyone. FAP saved my life. The staff there, they’re amazing. They’re family. It’s like going home whenever I go there. That’s just a little bit of what they’ve done for me.

There are a whole bunch of people who can’t rise above the diagnosis. I want them to know that they are just fine. God made them just the way they are. They are loved, and they are just fine. The newly diagnosed people are the most important people in the room, because they are the ones who feel now how I felt 30 years ago. It’s new, it’s still scary even though we have these medications, it’s still a scary diagnosis to get. And a lot of that fear is not about the disease as much as it is about being stigmatized. We have to beat stigma’s booty.

 

Marys Burger & Grille Ontario California

Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille, Ontario

My wife and I opened the first Hamburger Mary’s in The IE in 2015 in order to have a venue here that represents the future of America: everyone hanging out together and celebrating each other’s diversity no matter your race, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, and creed. We believe this is the direction the world is going and we would like to contribute to that movement.

Mary’s is a people-friendly venue and it represents that movement and everyone in it. We offer fundraising events and charity bingo for various charities including pet adoption agencies, LGBT help hotline, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, AIDS Lifecycle, etc. We’re excited to return for the third year to Dining Out For Life 2018 Inland Empire! Make a reservation at Hamburger Mary’s for April 26 now.

 

 

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