Tuesday, October 6, 2009

¿Cómo se cuida Miguel Aguero? How is Miguel Aguero healthy?

Desde que era niño siempre supe que era distinto, creciendo en Venezuela, Suramérica donde la norma es que un muchacho juegue al fútbol, beisbol, etc. Recuerdo que siempre se burlaban de mí en el Colegio ya que no era muy deportista.

Tengo 43 años edad y desde hace 15 años mi vida cambio. El hecho de saber que soy VIH Positivo impacto mi vida, pero al mismo tiempo me hizo sentir que es un reto vivir con VIH. Al principio fue difícil pero nada mejor que tener una red de apoyo que incluya al médico, el tratamiento, los amigos y amigas y por supuesto la familia.

En ese sentido he sido afortunado pero no les puedo negar que al mismo tiempo he encontrado estigma y discriminación pero no hay peor batalla que la que no se pelea.

¿Que como me mantengo sano?, bueno nada es azar cuando fui a cumplir 40 años, mi amigo Jim Pickett había ya corrido su primer AIDS MARATHON. Lo que me inspiró…el resto es historia.

Desde el 2005 he corrido dos AIDS MARATHON en Hawái y en Washington, DC, no conforme con esto empecé a remar en el 2007, este año he remado para 4 regatas y me faltan otras dos!!!

No es solo mantenerse sano físicamente hay que también buscar ayuda espiritual (meditación, yoga, etc.) y ayuda psicológica esa es para mí la combinación esencial para seguir adelante.

La dieta bueno nada en exceso!!! Del sexo bueno esa es otro tema jajaja.

Atrás quedaron los recuerdos de la infancia en que me decían mariquita porque no podía patear una pelota o batear un jonrón.

Since I was a child, always I knew that I was different. Growing up in Venezuela, South America - the rule is that a boy plays soccer, baseball, etc. I remember that I was always being scoffed at in school because I was not very sporty.

I am 43 years now and 15 years ago my life changed. The fact of knowing that I am HIV positive impacted my life, but at the same time I felt that it was a challenge to live with HIV. At first it was difficult but nothing better than having a support network that includes your doctor, treatment, and friends and of course family.In that sense I have been lucky but I cannot deny that for a while I stigma and discrimination. But there is not a worse battle that you the one you do not fight!

How do I keep myself healthy? Well, nothing happens without a reason. I was turning 40 and my friend Jim Pickett had already ran his first AIDS MARATHON, and that inspired me... the rest is history.

Since 2005 I have ran two AIDS MARATHONS - one in Hawaii and another in Washington, DC. Not being satisfied with this I started to row in 2007. I joined the LGBT Rowing Team called DC STROKES. This year I have row four regattas and I have another two to go before the year ends.

I believe that it is not only important to maintain my health physically but also I seek spiritual help (meditation, yoga, etc.) and counseling that is for me the formula that works.

About the diet - well nothing in excess!!! That does not apply to sex (evil grin).

Far away are the memories of childhood, when they used to call me sissy because I could not kick a ball or hit a home run.

-- Miguel Aguero
Washington, DC

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