The past year has been a rollercoaster for us all. We’ve learned to adjust, to give up, to adapt, to make do, to do away with- and the list goes on and on! Many of the conversations over the past year with health experts, as well as life and wellness coaches about the impact that Covid-19 has had on people, echo the stigma that the pandemic is heavily shrouded in. With so little common knowledge of the virus and the disease, as it quickly began to spread across the world, it was inevitable that this would be a highly stigmatizing experience, especially for those who tested positive.
But with stigma, there is an antidote. Knowledge. 
Knowledge truly shines a light in the murky darkness that allows stigma to thrive. When you know better, you must do better! A conversation this week on Sheila Mwanyigha’s YouTube channel Sheila Lives Out Loud, features Leslie Sanya, a Kenyan who tested positive for the corona-virus hours after arriving in China while on work. In this episode, he speaks candidly about being hospitalized and going into isolation far away from home. While he tested positive, he was also asymptomatic and decided to journal that experience. He recently began to share what he went through during those days in isolation, with the intention of using his own experience to break the stigma that still surrounds a negative outcome from the test.
Please click this link to view his story and share this video for many who may be suffering in silence and are in need of a reminder, that this too shall pass. Because it will.Thank you Leslie for speaking up!

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