‘I’m a survivor. I’m not gon’ give up.”  -Survivor Destiny’s Child

I am a gay man who chooses to let that label fade to the back. Ny chosen label is Survivor and it’s one that I wear proudly.

I used to be homeless but I’m not anymore. That was a scary five months. I’m not sure how I did it but I survived and got through.

My story starts with an ailing grandmother. I went to Los Angeles to help care for her. It should have been my fresh start. It wasn’t. I couldn’t get along with my dad. It wasn’t working and I left.

I came to Atlanta because it was what I knew. I grew up here. It was the comfort I craved especially after all hell broke loose in LA.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, they did.

I was diagnosed with “IT”. I’ll let you use your imagination on what IT is but you’re probably right. I was young and in the prime of my life. Immediately, this news shattered me. I thought my life was over.

Somehow, I managed to put myself back together. I got a job and figured out how to improvise at life.

Survivors don’t quit.

I’ve experienced a minor setback so I’m looking for work again. That’s not going to stop me from accomplishing my dreams.

I want to go to school for interior design. My ultimate goal is to work for an interior design firm.

By this time next year, I will be back in school, working towards that goal. I also will be surviving whatever life throws at me.

I’m good at that.

To the next person in my situation, I want to let you know that you can be a survivor like me.

Like they say, if you’re going through hell, keep on going. It’ll end eventually and you’ll be stronger for it.

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