His final warning call was after he ended up in hospital with two collapsed lungs and he finally surrendered to receiving the aid he was refusing both medically and energetically. He finally started to work with his body instead of pushing for his own agenda. This miraculous transformation right up until today has created his path towards advocating for not only for more awareness and allowance of the HIV diagnosis, but the possibility to dream of changing it.
Merlijn is now in a new, far more open and vulnerable level. After years of strengthening his self-empowerment to handle the visibility of being openly diagnosed and judgement that comes with it, he is coming forward and speaking up. His message is confronting, yet hopeful: “It’s now acceptable to have it, but changing it? That’s not on the agenda.” To people who have experienced a similar diagnoses, he wants them to know it’s legitimate to have the desire to heal your body. His reasoning is “Who else is going to choose it for you? No one!”
Merlijn believes that only you are the one that can make the choice for you, and advocates for you to be what it takes to drop the judgement, stop seeing HIV (or any disease) as a monster, and instead use it as an invitation to explore a life beyond the stress and anxiety of wondering if your body is going to make it or not.