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My Step Dad

My story is about my step dad. I met him at a store I was working at, when I was just 13yrs old; he was working there as well. I really liked him he was so funny, so I decided to introduce him to my mother. I was hoping that he would help my mom get off of drugs, but what I did not know was he was an addict too. He told us he was married and that his wife had died about 6 years earlier of Cancer which was a lie. The years went by, and their drug use got worse, so bad I moved out on my own when I was 16; because I could not take it anymore.

When I was 20 I got a call very late at night from my mom crying. She was living down south with my step dad and he had gotten sick a few times, so they had him checked out. That is what the call was about, my dad had AIDS. We found out that the wife did in fact die, but from AIDS not Cancer. They said he had been HIV positive for about 11 years, and he now had full blown AIDS.

From that point on he was always sick. First came the shingles, and those horrible bruises all of his body and face. Then he couldn't go to the bathroom on his own, so we were now taking care of him all day and night. He had to be put in a wheel chair about a year later; because he was too weak to walk on his own. In the third and final year he was in a bed all the time, and had severe dementia (sp?). At times he didn't even know who I was, and that hurt a lot; because despite of all of the drug use he was still a good man and I loved him.

He passed away in my mothers arms on February 19th 1998. 10 years almost to the day that I had introduced them to each other. I still cry when I hear the song Cross-roads by Bone Thugs & Harmony. I miss him and love him so much. Seeing him go through this really made me think about life, and has taught me to be strong. I am married now with a 3yr old, and another on the way, and I make sure I show my kids who their Grandpa was and that he is
watching them from heaven. Thank you for reading.

Sent via e-mail December, 2000.

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