The HOPE we never Expected!

Lis Sal
Posted December 5, 2018 from Ghana

There is hope for everyone!

It was somewhere in the 90's, that I got to understood clearly  the interpretation of this word "AIDS". It was a very sensitive word to use then! You have to be very careful with how you used it. The French name was "SIDA". The English meaning was A -Acquired I -Immune D -Deficiency S -Syndrome

We were told it was a very dangerous disease and Whoever got this disease will not survived, he was or will be a dead person living. We were told it was contagious and must be contained. 

All those who suffered from AIDS were stigmatized. You can never share cups, even hugging and shaking hands of these people will incite stigma toward you. So every body was careful.

We were told it was a punishment from God for the wicked, the disobedience in society and for those who live bad lives. Examples sexual immoral people. As the name indicates it is acquired and it affect or destroyed the immune system. Victims are quarantined in some communities, excluded from mingling with family members even their kids are excommunicated from them. There was no hope at all for them.

Oh Lamisi Oh Lamisi, you were one of such victims. She was a very sweet beautiful woman. The type that all men will look for. Thick tall  and hair all over her skin. She was very fair in complexity, almost referred to as " Obroni" white woman.

We lost her one faithful day after she gave up suffering as HIV/aids patient. How she contracted the virus was mysterious. It was during blood transfusion. Lamisi, we still missed your friendship, we missed your laughter however we are glad that you fought a fine fight until the end.

I am happy today, however a century down the line. The story is different. AIDS is not deadly anymore. Victims of AIDS or SIDA now have hope. The stigmatization is not as before, at least they are cared for, loved, and protected. Their children are not excommunicated from them. Actually, a victim can bone child without infecting the child with HIV AIDS. With this new retrovirus treatment and less stigmatization even their life's span has increase. 

As December 1st every year  has been designated for World AIDS DAY. I will love to use this opportunity to encourage all living with this disease to keep fighting. They should take care of themselves by abstaining from sex, eat healthy food and do a lot of exercise if they can. They should never give up because there is always light at the end of the tunnel.  Family members of victims, please your encouragement will help them. Continue to include them in your activities, put the smiles on their faces, give them HOPE and together you can fight a fine fight.

HOPE is when all seem dark then suddenly light appears. When HIV/aids was discovered centuries ago nobody knew there will soon emerged a remedy. It was then 99.9% deadly sickness. However today we got hope towards it.

Aids is now rated number ten (10) deadly sickness. Cancer and the rest are now leading. This is hope! When there seemed to be no way then suddenly a road/ way immerged.

Hope is love, hope is to dream towards the worst situations. Is to swim in muddy waters. 

Lets have hope towards the future, lets have hope toward one another, lets have hope towards everything because the day we give up hope we will cease to exist.

This post is dedicated to all carriers and those who have lost their lives through HIV/aids. My sincere love to all who are still fighting on.

This post was submitted in response to What Gives You Hope?.

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Hannah B
Dec 05
Dec 05

Hi Lis,
I love your post, thank you for sharing this with us! Often those who suffer with HIV/AIDS are still stigmatized and their struggles and those of their families are not acknowledged.
I look forward to reading more of your writing!
Kind regards,
Hannah

Lis Sal
Dec 06
Dec 06

Dear Hannah
Thanks for your appreciative comment.

Kind regards
Lizzy

J Brenda Lanyero
Dec 05
Dec 05

Hi Lis, thank you for sharing this story. I totally agree with you. Though the retrovirus treatment is there and those with it look like they do not have it, though we can not take it for granted and become reckless.

Lis Sal
Dec 06
Dec 06

Hi Brenda,
Thanks for your comment. Of course no need for recklessness.
Its a life and death matter oo.

Kind regards
Lizzy

Ngwa Damaris
Dec 06
Dec 06

Thanks my dear, these people really need alot of encouragement :)

Lis Sal
Dec 06
Dec 06

Yes Damaris we all do oo but theirs is more like with urgency and importance.

Thanks
Lizzy

Mauwa Brigitte
Dec 06
Dec 06

Hi LIS SAL!
Thank you for sharing your story about AIDS, it is the consequence of the person who turns away from the will of God; but our God loves us with unconditional Love. He restores the life of one who believes in the power of the Cross where Christ was crucified. I call to everyone who has AIDS, that he does not lose their hope because God is there for you saved, only believe is you will see the glory of God!

Lis Sal
Dec 06
Dec 06

Hi Brigitte,
Thanks for your biblical point of view about AIDS. In Africa I agreed this is the perception; that aids is a punishment from God for the ungodly!

However, I disagree to these perceptions. I believe God love us very much will never want evil to befall any of his creatures. As rebellious as we may seem, he stills waits for us to change without punishing us. But I do appreciate your view :-).

Kind regards
Lizzy

Mauwa Brigitte
Dec 06
Dec 06

Thank you very much, God bless you!

Lis Sal
Dec 07
Dec 07

And bless you too :-)
Regards
Lizzy

jlanghus
Dec 06
Dec 06

Hi Lizzy,

Thanks for sharing your post. Good luck with your story submission...

Lis Sal
Dec 06
Dec 06

Hi sis. Jill,
Thanks so much. I hope you having a nice day?
Hugs
Lizzy

jlanghus
Dec 07
Dec 07

Hello Lizzy,

You're very welcome:-) Yes, thanks! You, too!?

Theresa Takafuma
Dec 07
Dec 07

Hi Lis
Thank you for speaking about HIV/Aids. Stigma is still a scourge in our communities, and we should continue talking about it. Thank you for your article.
Love,
Theresa

Lis Sal
Dec 07
Dec 07

Dear Theresa,
I did appreciate your nice comment. Yes we all can play a role in helping reduce the stigma.
It takes only a smile and a hug :-)
Warm regards
Lizzy

Tarke Edith
Dec 07
Dec 07

Hello sister
Thanks for sharing this hopeful story. Trully sistet Aids was a tabor in the early 90s but today it is a normal illness.

Lis Sal
Dec 10
Dec 10

We thank God for providing a remedy for us through humans :-)
Regards