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Terry Johnston

From Grand Rapids, July 17, 2015 “I needed a hug but was told I am a lethal weapon and threatened with jail.” Terry told the bravest Failure:Lab story yet when he revealed his secret of being HIV positive. He talked about his experience with friends, family and the health department. His story is now a tool being used to educate legislators about an outdated law and has already helped cause positive changes at the health department.… Read More

Nadira Kharmai

From Chicago, October 2nd, 2014 “I still haven’t learned how to smile at myself.” Nadira struggles every day as she analyzes her body from every angle, tormenting herself on the inside about how she looks on the outside. She describes a lifetime of seeking acceptance from others but her inability to accept herself is her ultimate failure.… Read More

Mark Hollis

From East Lansing, April 1st, 2014 “I haven’t been the best son to my mother.” Mark thinks back to his childhood and when he first encountered his mother and she shared that his father had left them.  He ran away. Later, he felt he failed his father and ran again. Now he spends time at home feeling like he’s failing those at work and he spends time at work feeling like he’s failing those at home.… Read More

Andy Soper

From Grand Rapids, May 23rd, 2013 “Every day in every way things are getting better and better.” Andy sacrificed his body to escape a situation he knew was wrong. He witnessed and experienced abuse but could not speak out. We all encounter situations where we see or experience something we know is wrong.  … Read More