Shine NOW! Magazine June Issue 2016 June 2016 Issue 1 Volume 1 - Page 15

Thriving with AIDS: 5 Steps to Live in Victory by: Angeline Lawrence HIV for 23 years. Yes, she had challenges and obstacles to overcome, but she is living in victory while ministering to the AIDS patients she attends to everyday. Doretta also shares strategies she used to transform her life while living with a debilitating disease in her Amazon best-selling book, “Living Victoriously: Strategies to Empower Women with a Chronic Diagnosis.” As we talked before and after the show taping, I realized that our relationship with God must be based on continuous trust in him. I know it seems obvious, but when you are hit the gut with the news of being diagnosed with AIDS (Auto Immune Deficiency Syndrome) your faith must be rock solid. Doretta stated, “I thought I was ready for it, but I was not. My spirit left the room once she gave me the results.” W We all have testimonies of triumph over tragedy, but when I heard the story of Doretta Gadsden, I was left in awe. A registered nurse, life coach and most recently a best-selling author, it seems she’s living the American dream. I soon discovered she endured a night mare to achieve her accomplishments. I had the pleasure of interviewing her on my podcast, The Shine and Grind Show in April. During the show we delighted in the miraculous ways God provided for her throughout her ordeal. She was delivered from drug addiction and obtained her GED while undergoing treatment. Eventually she worked her way through college to be a Registered Nurse. We discussed her process of recovery and the work God has given her to do in the workplace for him. She states, “Every day I ask God, ‘how will you use me today?’” Doretta has lived with Devastating news can deflate our spirits, but God always provides a way for us to rebound. However, Isaiah 59:19b states, “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.” (KJV) Doretta learned to rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit, during her recovery from drug addiction. She defaulted again to the Holy Spirit the day she went to get her test results. Doretta states, “I did not want the young man who tested me to give me the results. I knew he could not hold the space for me. I looked up and saw a woman sitting in her office up in a loft. I told him, ‘I will walk out of here if she does not give me the results’”. “I thought I was ready for it, but I was not. My spirit left the room once she gave me the results.” 15