PWN-USA-Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter

Messages from the Co-Chairs

Roxanne Glapion


Roxanne Glapion is a survivor.

I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. I am a daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, and confidant. I was diagnosed HIV + in 2004, while working at Charity Hospital as a Unit Secretary. My life turned upside down. I was depressed, crying all the time, and wanted to slide into a hole. My partner at the time, very close friends, and family made me see that HIV is a part of me, not who I am. I relocated to Dallas in August 2005, one week before Hurricane Katrina. While here in Dallas, I was referred to A Sister’s Gift Women’s Center, the only all female based ASO in Dallas. The CEO, Mrs. Edwards, has taken me under her wing for the last 9 years. Under her guidance, I have become the Assistant Executive Director of A Sister’s Gift, Group Facilitator, Director of Programs, and a member of the Care Team. I have also branched out to become one of the Co-Chairs of the newly formed PWN-USA Texas, Dallas/ Fort Worth Chapter. I am also involved in other advocacy group’s in the Dallas area.

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Shelia Crockett

I’m Shelia A Crockett, born January 8, 1963, in Dallas, Texas in an upper middle class environment with big dreams of being a special education teacher and working in different youth organizations. I had made an appointment with my doctor to get a physical and get tested. I was still curious about what had happened in the county jail. I received a call 2 weeks later to come into the doctor’s office. That was when the curse with many blessings began. He told me not to worry that I was HIV+. That was September 17, 1991. He stated that my being nosey actually saved my life. I was at the very early stages and that I would live a very long time.

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