It’s never easy to lay yourself bare for the public to judge and one who does so is very brave.
I know one such person. A brave, beautiful soul called Angel Elga Achwanyo. And this is her ministry. And I thank her and applaud her for sharing her story with the world. I hope and pray that Angel Elga’s story may help change the life of someone out there in a similar situation.

Who is Angel Elga Achwanyo?

Ok. My name is Angel Elga. I’m 23 years old, I was born to a loving family who have taken care of me to date. But my mother died of AIDS in May 1999 when I was only 5 years old leaving me to the care of my father. I acquired with the HIV virus at birth. I am HIV positive.

How old were you when you found out?

I was about seven years old maybe eight. My father told me. But I had been swallowing the ARVs since I was 3 years old, without really knowing what I was swallowing.

And how was that like?

Ok. When I found out about my status, it was hard, really hard. I had too many questions. “Why me” was the loudest question. Why did I have to go through all this? What did I do to deserve this?

At school, when they found out my status, I was stigmatized. I felt like I was nothing. I felt like a dirty person. Like the world had ended. Many times I wanted to commit suicide actually. I suffered from depression. Because of the too many thoughts, the negative thoughts, I used to fall sick often and miss school.

I never used to like myself, but with time, I learnt to love myself and live life normally. This is my life; I have nothing to do but to accept it. I take my drugs as I am supposed to. I no longer see any reason why I should be feeling bad about myself. I changed my mindset I started to think positively. I used to fall sick. But I don’t anymore. I love myself. I know there are people in worse conditions. I am fine. And because I accepted myself, I love myself and I take better care of myself. This is the power of positive thinking!

What was your turning point, exactly? When you said enough was enough?

Being HIV+ is not an easy thing. You have to accept it in order to be able to live.

When I realized that I am not going anywhere, I’m here to stay. I then decided that I’m going to live my life normally. When God decides to take me, He will. For now, I am here. I am awesome. I am beautiful and I have a lot to offer this life.
I’ve had support from my sister and my family. I have a great support system.
I am grateful for them

You’re a Christian but was there ever a point when you were mad at God?

Yes, I have been at the point where I got so annoyed with a God that would let this happen to me, I felt that He didn’t love me. I even got to the point where I questioned His existence.

And do you still have those days… When it gets too tough?

Of course I still have those days, in life there are so many challenges that people go though. But in the end I learn to live with it. I am strong in the Lord.

I am very blessed by this lady. Her strength, her smile(she has the biggest smile), and her resilience for life.

11 thoughts on “The Power Of Positive Thinking.”

  1. This is extremely beautiful. keep smiling Elga and inspire more people. God’s plans are always good.

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