At the height of dot.com boom
with Margaux 8 months old
landed in SF with 103 F fever, hand and mouth and foot disease
nowhere to stay, no family

PhD in pocket
came to do a post-doc in HIV research
ended up with post-partum depression and a divorce

From Belgium
been here 15 years
thought I would only stay 2

J1, H1-B, O1, green card
an uphill battle to stay
fighting AIDS every day

Married a Mexican immigrant
have a Chilango son

Miss my family and friends everyday
my heart is here, and my heart is there
can’t leave here, can’t live there

shared by: Patricia Defechereux





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