The editors of Healthline.com said of Michael's blog: "Michael is a talented soulful writer with plenty to say. Stop by to leave a word of encouragement to thank him for sharing his story – you will be inspired by his courage, grace and selflessness."
Michael added: "When I got word of this award I was completely shocked. As I said on my blog, I don’t write HIV Blogger: living positively to get any awards, I write it because it helps me to cope with living with HIV."
When he’s not busy blogging, Michael is working towards a Certificate in Legal Studies on a part-time basis with the OU in Ireland. He says: "I chose The Open University so that I could also continue working in my main job at the Northern Ireland Assembly, and because of the reputation The Open University has for providing quality study and support."
Currently awaiting his exam results, Michael hopes he can continue studying flexibly with the OU to gain an LLB in the future in order to progress in his career.
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