Author Southern Belle shares life ‘Before and After’ HIV

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New book is about author’s journey living with HIV for 26 years, not giving up on life

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Author Southern Belle’s life has been filled with losses and traumas since she was a teenager. She has been in and out of two mental institutions, 12-step programs and treatment programs/centers; all of which have taught her a lot about life and herself. She feels that she needs to share her experiences, strengths and hopes so that others might live. This feeling prompted her to write “Before and After- Life Before and After HIV” (published by AuthorHouse).

This book shares the story of Belle’s life before and after she was diagnosed with HIV. The first part of the book tells how she dealt with a lot of mental problems which helped to prepare her to be able to live with HIV for the last 26 years without committing suicide.

“My book is about living and not giving up or committing suicide,” Belle says. “People suffer through bad marriages, traumas in life and others. I feel some of the things I was able to do in various clinical settings may help others to not give up on life.”

Belle hopes that by sharing the story of her life’s journey in “Before and After,” it will also help readers in their own life journeys as well. She also would like to encourage them never to give up and always remember that no matter how many mountains they have to climb, life is still worth living.

“Before and After”
By Southern Belle
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 148 pages | ISBN 9781504952514
E-Book | 148 pages | ISBN 9781504952507
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Southern Belle is a 66-year-old great-grandmother that has been living with HIV since October 1989. She is currently living in South Louisiana, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge and 135 miles west from New Orleans. She had three sons, of which two are still living, six siblings of which she only has two now. She was born in San Diego, California, while her father was stationed in the navy. She was 6 months old when she was taken to Louisiana by her grandmother until her father was discharged from active duty a few weeks later. She has four grandchildren and one great-grandson. She also has two godsons. She lives life with a passion and do her best to keep a positive attitude. She is not ashamed about living with HIV and considers herself an HIV/AIDS activist and advocate.

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