Above and Beyond

Because I did not have a mother…

There are millions of motherless daughters across the country. Sadly, they often go invisible. The impact that losing a mother can have on a young girl is powerful and ultimately shapes her into the person she will become. When I was 3 years old, I lost my mother to AIDS. This was in the 80’s when the drug era was booming. She ultimately contracted the virus through the use of needles and forced me to have to say goodbye long before I was ready. Sadly, this is how her story ended, and how mine began. As some motherless children will tell you, there is a sense of insecurity that creeps up on you after losing a mother. Feelings of under value and lack of self-worth take hold of you. Am I beautiful? Do I need make up? Who will teach me the basics? How will I learn to take care…

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