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31 Aug

Retreat Group PhotoBABES Talking Fall Newsletter

The BABES Talking Fall Newsletter 2017 topic is Retreat Reflections. We asked BABES members to share what they took away from retreat this year. Thank you to those that shared with us.

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Reflections from a First Timer
“I was new to Washington state last year. It was also the first time I ever heard about BABES. By the time I settled in with my new apartment, doctors, and town, I missed the BABES retreat in 2016. Feeling like I may not have the energy to participate much, I hesitated to sign up for the retreat this year.

As much as my fatigue is a constant battle, I didn’t surrender this time. I am so glad I didn’t.”

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End AIDS Walk Seattle

Join the Howlin’ BABES team in this years End AIDS Walk!

Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 9am
Volunteer Park Seattle, WA

To join the team go to llaa.org and search for our Howlin’ BABES!

To see September’s calendar click here.

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Stella Steps Out 2017

Thursday, October 26 at 6 p.m.
Georgetown Ballroom
Seattle

*Save $25 if you purchase your
tickets before September 8th!

Break out your flashiest outfit and join us at Stella Steps Out, an annual fundraiser for BABES Network-YWCA!

2017 Stella Honoree: Julie Lewis

Julie is a 33-year HIV survivor and founder of the 30/30 Project, an organization dedicated to improving access to comprehensive healthcare in communities impacted with HIV/AIDS by building 30 medical facilities worldwide.
Enjoy a lively evening of dancing, food & drinks, remembrance, and celebration. And most importantly, uplift the work of BABES Network-YWCA, a unique program that provides critical peer support to women facing HIV and their families.

 

Spring Newsletter: Bodily Autonomy

4 May

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The Importance of Bodily Autonomy
As a woman living with HIV, I have the right to control what happens to my body, to live with dignity and respect despite where I come from. I desire to live free from stigma and discrimination due to my HIV status, race or gender. Globally, Women living with HIV have to contend with intimate partner violence, institutionalized violence and other forms of violence. There is a link between violence against women and reduced access to treatment, care and support. I have been treated for Posttraumatic Stress disorder and I was coercively sterilized due to my status- these affected my desired health outcome.

To read the full article click here.

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BABES Movie Matinee

BABES is hosting a movie matinee for BABES members and their families at the BABES office on May 27 from 3-5pm. Come join us for a fun afternoon complete with refreshments!

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2017 Annual Leadership Retreat

It’s that time of year again! BABES is preparing for it’s annual retreat, July 28-30. We will be mailing out the applications on May 23. If would like an application please call us at 206-720-5566 or email the_staff@babesnetwork.org to let us know. Space is limited and is first come, first serve! Applications are due by June 23 and we will notify you by July 7.

 

 

 

 

Reflecting Back and Looking Forward!

1 Feb

Two Choices: To Cope or Not to Cope

By Anonymous

It’s a new year and the world seems to have gone crazy. I fear for our country: for minorities, the LGBT community and the 99% who are all justifiably worried that our social fabric is unraveling.

In the midst of this, I still struggle with my diagnosis, though it’s been several months since I found out that I had HIV. It’s difficult not to go back in my mind to the shock, disbelief, anger and fear that I experienced when I first found out. How could my partner have done this to me? What did I do to deserve this? How am I going to deal with my reactions to these harsh drugs that make me so sick? How – how – am I going to cope?

A long time ago, when I was going through a crippling divorce, a very wise therapist told me, “You have two choices: to cope or not to cope.”

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I chose to cope back then, and I’m choosing to cope now. You see, I’ve been blessed. I found BABES. Even though I live pretty far from their meeting place, I attend meetings whenever I can. I listen to their incredible stories of how they’ve been living with HIV for 20, 25, 30 years or more. I feel their pain, and they feel mine.

When I’m unable to show up in person, these wonderful women reach out to me to check on me and ask how I’m doing. They seem to intuit when I reach a low point, and give generously of their time and caring.

Without them, I would have floundered completely. I have a long way to go; I’ve barely started my journey. But my hope is to find acceptance within myself and move on, to focus on my healing, my supportive family, and my own creativity. With the encouragement of my group, I feel hopeful that I can keep going.

 

Thank you, BABES.

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What Brings You Joy?

2 Jun

The Summer BABES Talking Newsletter Topic is What Brings You Joy?

We asked the BABES members to share what brings them joy, thank you to the BABES that shared with us.

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Here is what brings joy to Dorothy
Joy to me means being Hepatitis C free.
Joy means waking up in the morning in my right mind.
Joy means being clean and sober.
Joy means my cat.
Joy means me being happy.
Joy means having a true friend.
Joy means my grandson who keeps me laughing.
Joy is my 2 daughters.
Joy means having my own apartment and paying rent.
Joy to me is having a selection of clothes and shoes to choose from.
Joy to me is my freedom.
It is joy for me to have enough of whatever it is I want or need.
Joy to me is being me – a totally different person.

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Welcome Julia and Annual Retreat!

6 Apr

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BABES is excited to welcome our new Lead Case Manager Julia Rosenfeld to the BABES team!

Julia has spent the last four years in South Africa working with women and teens affected by HIV. She is originally from Pittsburgh and is brand new to the Seattle area.

Words from Julia:
“Please feel free to get in touch with me any time, whether you currently need support or not! I can help you find resources about housing, employment, health and mental health, and  legal or social supports you might need. I am also here to accompany you to appointments if you’d like company, to help update your resume or job search, or just to talk. And if there is something you’d like help with that isn’t on this list, please ask me about it anyway!

I love singing and dancing of all kinds – especially sea songs  and rowdy pub songs. I am a folk, blues, and swing dancer. I love listening to stories and children’s books! My favorite is Many Moons, by James Thurber.  My other favorite is Frog and Toad.”

We are thrilled to have Julia on the BABES team. Stop by and say hello to her or give her a call at 206-720-5566 x2 or email her at julia@babesnetwork.org

 

 

 

Group photoBABES Annual Leadership Retreat 2015
For HIV+ women
July 8-10th

Camp Burton – Vashon Island

It’s that time of year again!! Come take a break from the stresses of daily life with us!

Applications mailed out – May 13th
Applications Due – June 17th
Retreat Notifications – June 24th
Payments/Scholarships Due – July 1st

Spaces for retreat are on a first-come first-served basis, so please don’t wait to turn in your application.

To request an application, please call the BABES office at 206-720-5566.