12/21/2017 0 Comments
In interviewing Kimberly Knight, Creator and Editor of The Lux Blog and HIV cure advocate, I kept coming back to the Mr. Rodgers quote about looking for the helpers. She is always in the community helping when so many others turn a blind eye. However, the opportunity to interview her and put her story in writing, brought to mind another gem.
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” Mr. Rodgers
Kimberly’s story is one of unconditional love and bravery. Kimberly is a hero she didn’t even see coming. An unlikely turn of events in her life completely changed who she is and what she has chosen to spend the rest of her life doing.
Perhaps a better way to state that would be unlikely bravery. The bravery to forgive. The bravery to share her vulnerable story to help others. The bravery to get tested for HIV well over 40 times. The bravery of dedicating her life to ending the stigma surrounding HIV and finding a cure for the disease itself. Kimberly Knight is many things, especially brave.
In a moment when she could have chosen a lifetime of anger and hurt, she chose forgiveness. She chose love. A decision she’s still surprised she made. She tells it best.
In many ways, iron deficiency anemia is the nutrient deficiency that drains a person’s potential and quality of life. Not generally come to mind with nutrient deficiencies. But when you look closely you can see that both are significantly impacted with iron deficiency anemia symptoms such as inability to concentrate, chronically tired or fatigued, low energy, impaired cognitive function (ability to think well and rationally), decline in mood, constantly feeling cold, increased susceptibility to infections, and loss of hair. Imagine how all that affects the human experience, let alone school and work performances.
Other signs and symptoms include pale appearance (doc’s will use the term pallor), shortness of breath, general weakness, dizziness/light-headedness, poor appetite, brittle nails, cold hands/feet, chest pain, headaches, unusual cravings of non-food items (in pregnant women this is called pica), inflamed/sore tongue, tingling/crawling feeling in feet and legs, and the list of unfunness goes on and on.