Life Experiences That Shape My Work

September 25, 2014  •  1 Comment

Other life experiences include being in long-term recovery from a couple forms of addiction, coupled with what I believe are commonly related mental health issues like depression.  

As I was putting things in motion to get help for my addiction, I ended up with criminal charges. Although I was fortunate enough not to spend time in jail or prison, I do have a felony record - so like many "home comers" (ex-offenders), I live with the societal ramifications.  It can make it challenging to get employment; I'm not eligible for food stamps (SNAP) in Indiana; and there would be restrictions for education, some housing, etc.  We do not make it easy for people who have served their time to re-enter society as "normal citizens."  I'm a lot more fortunate than many...  So this is one of my personal passions, to assist those in the re-entry process.

In 2012, I became a person living with the HIV virus, though with current medication, I've remained generally healthy with a strong immune system and undetectable viral load. I'm fortunate to reside in Indiana, where Ryan White and others created a generally positive community awareness and support for those of us living with HIV/AIDS. (Get facts at www.thebody.com).

I'm a former "ex-pat" (both as a child and adult!) - also known as a "third culture kid" or TCK.  

I love to technology, travel, ride motorcycles, cuddle with my dogs and spend more time with family and close friends. 


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Jeremy Brown(non-registered)
Very inspirational!
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