Turning disadvantage into advantage has been a way of life for me. Being born to a 15 year old unwed mother in 1959 was not a good start in life, but it was a start. Where I went from there was up to me. If you don’t try, you have already failed and try I did. As a former special ed student who did not learn to read or write until the age of 10 or 11, I thought I would be the last person in the world to write a book. I am also a long term survivor with HIV. Thirty years ago when first diagnosed I was told I would most likely be sick in three years and dead in five. This diagnosis inspired me to live life to the fullest. Someday I will write about that experience but at the moment that pen is too heavy to lift. But I want to inspire others to lift their pens and write their story.