Articles tagged with: Inclusion Body Myositis

To the healing hands of my caregiver

published: June, 01, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Félix Garmendía

Félix Garmendía: "Thank you to all the hidden heroes behind the scenes, thank you to all that give the best they have to enhance the quality of life for those of us LIVING with a degenerative disease."

To the healing hands of my caregiver

As a long-term HIV survivor, I have realized that it’s becoming increasingly less likely that HIV will kill me. I just came from my regular doctor checkup last week. After 30 years carrying HIV, I am undetectable and have 937 T cells. I can remember when 937 T cells were enough for four people. I can’t help but think about those who didn’t make it. I am also reminded of the countless family members who lost precious loved ones. We were not allowed to have “spouses” then. The best ph

Passing the torch in high style.

published: March, 20, 2017 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Health, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Félix Garmendía recalls Bill, the man who taught him that self presentation is self celebration -- and that both are important.

Passing the torch in high style.

I used to see him very often in the neighborhood. I didn’t even know his name but there was something about this man that was very pleasant and captivating. My husband, Denis and I used to comment on how handsome and dapper he always appeared. He was a really sharp dresser, a very elegant man with a well-crafted retro sense of fashion. With his linen suits, alligator shoes, ascots, and meticulously crafted handlebar mustache, he was always a sight to behold. Every time he crossed our path,

Living with HIV, depression, Inclusion Body Myositis - and my lily

published: August, 02, 2016 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, International , Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

It's sometimes possible for another living thing to support us just by being there, as our NYC guy, Félix Garmendía relates.

Living with HIV, depression, Inclusion Body Myositis  - and my lily

In the summer of 2006, I received a plant as a gift. It is a “Peace Lily”. The beautiful plant was a gift from the wonderful people from our local pharmacy when they found out that I had a bad fall that took me unconscious to the ER. In those days I was starting to show serious signs of muscle weakness and that fall put me in a wheelchair full time. The doctor sat me down and told me the truth. He told me that if I kept on falling my already brittle bones could get fractured very easily.

Fear .

published: June, 12, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, General Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer Felix Garmendia says fear took over his life as a result of a serious illness and he needed to find happiness again. But, he says, "I redefined my life with the positivity that's going to give me the tool to never again feel afraid of living"

Fear  .

I have been HIV-positive since at least 1986. By this point in my life, I have encountered lots of bad news regarding my health, a fair amount of opportunistic infections, and my worst health challenge, a condition called “Inclusion Body Myositis”. This condition has diminished my mobility.  It all started 13 years ago, when I tried to do a regular exercise in the gym and I wasn’t capable of finishing it. That day, I had a feeling something was wrong. In the beginning, we thought it w