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Tyrone Flowers - Rider # 272


Today I stand in my truth.

I have HIV.

For 12 years. I’ve taken a pill (almost) everyday. In the beginning I didn’t have insurance. Which meant coming up with creative reasons for requesting off work, to spend hours (minimum 2 hours)at the health department. Meeting with case workers, standing in lines, providing documents, proving that I had the virus and needed the medication. 


I battled with self hatred due to being positive. Looking for love, while infected was the beginning of a short but dark phase where i abused drugs and alcohol. “No diseases or stds” or seeing dozens of profiles on dating apps saying “ clean and disease free”, eventually started to make me feel less attractive. As a result, I put myself in dangerous situations. Isolation, long days and longer nights. I didn’t close my eyes for 4 days in a row. I looked for love and acceptance in really scary places. I managed to hide my eyes from family and friends.


Fast forward almost 12 years. I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been. From my heart to my brain. I

take a pill every day. I’m now considered

 “undetectable” (which basically means hiv can’t be detected in my blood) 


In the end, being diagnosed not only changed how I function on a daily basis but, it completely changed my outlook on life. 


Once the dust settled, I got my life on track. I started taking care of myself mentally and physically. I learned the value of

self-love and self-care. Eventually loving and understanding myself more than I ever have. (It’s not always biscuits and gravy. I still battle with depression and anxiety, which I manage weekly with thearpy) 


If you’re recently positive, I hope you find comfort in this post. Your hiv status doesn’t define you (positive or negative) It will get better and won’t always feel like this. Getting on medication is a priority! You have to manage the virus, don’t let it manage you. I also highly recommend speaking to a thearpist. The sooner you start communicating and expressing your feelings the better. I found telling some family and close friends helped with loneliness. &l

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My Heroes

REBECCA MARSHALL
$300.00
So proud of you and how you do for others. Love to you and your ride buddies!

James Schmidt
$250.00
Have a good ride !! Best to all of the Flower Buds

Stuart D’Arcy
$250.00
To a warrior of life. Good luck, Tyrone and the rest of the riding crew. You are all amazing.

Evan Goldman
$200.00
Tyrone I am so proud of you!! I love you my friend!!

Alexis Quittner
$118.00
Tyrone! You are an inspiration. Your family and friends are so lucky to have you as a role model.

Dan Stephens
$100.00
Great work Tyrone. Keep on kickin ass. 👍

Ronald Akie
$100.00
Thanks for riding for this cause!

Jason Manocchio
$100.00
Love you, Tyrone! Good luck meeting your goal and on the ride -- if there's anyone that can do it, we know you can! Love - Jason, Chirs, and Calvin

Gail Marshall
$100.00

Gadi Zohar
$100.00
Go Tyrone! The Gadfather is behind you all the way (well more on the sidelines, bc I’m not in shape for this ride)

Cassandra Soja
$50.00
You are amazing Tyrone. I know it's been since college since I have seen you but you are always an inspiration. ❤

Kathryn Lorenzini
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$50.00
So proud of you, you give others strength to stand in their power -- Love you doll XOXOXO

Lynn Johnson
$50.00
Cheering you on! Love, The Johnson Girls ❤️

Latasha Stafford
$50.00
I am so proud of you and I love you.

Sara Fuller
$50.00
Good luck on your ride! Thanks for sharing your story.

Kelsey Paras
$50.00

Chelsea and Gerall Hasrouni
$40.00
Boy you betta!!

Lance Abisror
$36.00
Much love!

Gabriel Duque
$25.00
Use sunscreen

STEPHEN DEHNERT
$25.00

Leslie Carey
$25.00

Erin Wallace
$25.00

Brian and bill Sullivan
$25.00

Courtney Loechl
$20.00
So proud of you boo! You are amazing!! 💕

Nic Beaven
$10.00

Robert Hadley
$10.00
Ty, as someone who also is living with HIV I feel with you and am honored to ride with you