Hello family!!!!

THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU!!!! To #pozmagazine and to all my friends, health advocates family, as well to all of you survivors, and my #chronicpain brothers and sisters, I mean it, without you I would not be alive. A 37 years HIV LONG TERM SURVIVOR here. So many people had helped me in my journey, and many are gone – but always in my mind-. POZ magazine & Sean Strub, the founder of POZ magazine, were my inspiration and healthy push during the ’90s and years after, and for that, I’m very thankful. Somehow, for me it feels like a circle of life, maybe it’s the melodramatic stereotype of me as a Latino or just my expressive creative spirit talking. By the way, do not forget that we’ll have the pleasure to have a chat/interview with Sean Strub, at the end of this month, keep your eyes open for the information about it.GRACIAS!!!!! THANK YOU ALL AGAIN!!!! Help us to grow older with dignity.

“Understanding the of pain is very much in its infancy.”
The Feather and the Knife: Navigating Life With Chronic Pain https://poz.com/…/feather-knife-navigating-life-chronic… via #pain #healthevoices #wegohealth
Jesus Guillen, your singing advocate. #singingadvocate #hivlongtermsurvivors



Do any of you suffer from Insomnia or night terrors?

I do, and of course, I keep looking for solutions

but also, of how to live better with these issues.

Let’s have a conversation.

Jesus Guillen, your singing advocate

#insomnialife #nightterrors #solutions #together #mentalhealth #PTSD #anxiety #dreams #sleep #survivors #chronicpain



This is what many of us with Chronic pain do, hiding in our bedrooms, and hiding from all of you. So painful, that my kitty feels me and she cries with me. This is our every minute reality, even if you don’t see it, and you see a smile. But inside we cry and cry. Thankful for you being there. #chronicpain #youmatter #juntos #pain #stopthehate #allies #understanding #wegohealth #healthevoicestribe #healthevoices Jesus Guillen, living with Chronic pain ( different sources)


Being Happy for two

Es tan dificil ser feliz por dos

como cuando al mismo tiempo

estornudas y te da la tos,

es tan dificil,

es tan dificil,

en todo tipo de amor.

It’s so difficult to be happy for two,

like when at the same time

you cough and sneeze without knowing

which one will go out first,

it is so difficult,

so so difficult,

so let’s simply speak with the truth.

Jesus Guillen, your singing advocate #together#singingadvocate#mentalhealth#happiness#caregiving


Think about the ones

Think about the ones
who don’t have anyone to come out of the closet;
Think about the ones
that don’t have anyone to tell “I might die tomorrow”;
Think about the ones
who are abandoned in a mental institution or senior place;
Think about the ones
who are bully every day for something they can not change
about themselves;
Think about the ones who are gone,
because they were killed this morning.
NOW, just think about anybody close to you.

Jesus Guillen, just one more survivor.



Definition of emotion- Merrian Webster-.

1a : a conscious mental reaction (such as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as a strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the bodyb : a state of feelingc : the affective aspect of consciousness: feeling


Emotions are what make us more than a machine, and still, society as an entity, train us to hide them.To control our emotions at a certain level, does not mean to hide them, but no doubt society had developed in a way that the heavy manipulation of emotions is part of everyday human interaction.

The reality is that even with a “poker face” description, the expression of emotions is always present, it never disappears completely.Microexpressions might get you away because even if the dictionary definition of the word emotions talks about a conscious decision, our bodies react instinctively to the fight or flight experience.To learn to read our bodies is an incredible tool that not only can help us know ourselves better physically and mentally, but also express ourselves better to health professionals.

One of the things we have to understand is that we can not separate completely every emotion, usually, they intertwine like branches of trees in a dense jungle.Saying that, the next time you feel “sad” or “happy” or even “confuse”, try to “listen” to your body, use all your senses to analyze in some way what the reactions of your body are. Is your body hair standing up? are you more sweaty? is your body temperature hotter or colder? are you tenser? are you blushing? etc, etc, etc. Even culturally, we have the stereotypes of how expressive we are as ethnic groups across the globe, and myself as a Latino, we have been placed on the top, or almost the top of the list. One of the ways you can see these differences is for you to watch soap operas – telenovelas – from different countries. Watch one from USA, or Finland, and compare the way we act and react, in comparison to one from Mexico or other Latinoamerican countries. But, is it just about the expression of these emotions? or is it the way we read them? Of course, both have importance, and both are part of the equation.

This rambling from my heart is of huge importance to understand and comprehend especially if you are a psychologist or therapist, or social worker in a country like the United States where we have people from all over the world. Sending a HUGE hug and a BIG smile to all of you, and let’s keep making an effort to understand our backgrounds, his/herstories, and our journeys.

Jesus Guillen