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“I’m able to love more because of my story. I’m able to forgive now because of my story.
I am able to be loved because of my story. I’m able to have no shame because of my story.” Timothy S.


HIV, AIDS, Hope, Addiction, Faith, Inspiration, Urban, Stories, Photography, Support, Maryland, Baltimore, HIV/AIDS, Life, Death, Living

Raw. Real. Riveting. “Life Don’t Have To End.” is a compilation of real stories from HIV positive men and women living in a large urban environment in 2013. Go inside their lives. Share the painful life journeys that led some into prostitution, homelessness, addiction, or incarceration. Learn firsthand about the devastating impact of being diagnosed with HIV. Then live in the triumphant moments as the story-tellers overcome life obstacles to enter a place of well-being and joy. The book speaks to the resiliency of the human spirit and body. A must read!

Brilliant photography illustrates “Life Don’t Have to End.” Each image (and story) is the work of an HIV positive client from the JACQUES Initiative, an HIV/AIDS clinic at the Institute of Human Virology of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The marriage of the stories from the book with the photography provides the reader with another mechanism for understanding the real story of living life while managing HIV. Provocative, powerful, instructive. A must see!


Meet The Author

Cricket Barrazotto and her husband live in Maryland. She is the founder and director of God's Economy, a non-profit organization working within Africa and the United States.

An accomplished photographer, Cricket has had photo exhibitions at numerous churches in Maryland, Lutheran World Relief, the Lyric Theater, the Three Arts Club, and the Jacques Initiative, an HIV/AIDS clinic. She received a citation from Maryland's Governor for her photographic contributions to an anthology of poetry funded by the Center for Disease Control and the Maryland AIDS Administration. Her photography was included in FOTO DC's Uncover series.

For several years she has been a volunteer and an invited member of an HIV Support Group at the JACQUES Initiative. "Life Don't Have To End." brings together Cricket's interest in photography and her commitment to be an agent of blessing and change for those who are infected and affected by HIV.

She is the mother of three adult sons, has one daughter-in-law, and one grandson. Her abiding faith is the core of all that she undertakes.



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      1. Thank you for visiting the "Life Don't Have To End." website. I am convinced that these stories and images will tug on your heartstrings with a little sadness, a little joy, and more importantly lots of hope. The triumph of the human spirit resonates throughout. I challenge all to open themselves up to these intimate, courageous stories and to learn about the reality of living with HIV in an urban environment in 2013.


  Life Don't Have To End