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Story from Long Island,NY

First of all, I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to read my short story. I am a 29 year old suburban, white woman who has just recently been diagnosed with HIV. I am also a mother, a wife, and a freelance court reporter. I'm having a real problem trying to cope with the mistake I made that has cost me my life. I have a wonderful family. My beautiful husband is very supportive, and HIV neg. My two young childrenare also HIV neg. (I thank god everyday for that).But I can't accept the fact that I actually destroyed my own health. I was only exposed to HIV this past June.
I was having marital problems at the time of the affair. The man I met deliberatly gave me this disease. I was foolish, and utterly selfish. I thought that one night away from the same old, boring routine of being mother and wife would make me happier.

But I didn't realize at the time how WONDERFUL the same old, boring routine actually is!
I learned many things after becoming HIV positive. But perhaps the most important lessons I learned, was to not take anyone or anything for granted. And not always think that everyone else has it better than me.
I know for the next several years, I will spend them being the best mother, wife, friend, and caregiver to my family. I will answer all their questions, see to their needs, and make sure everyday that they feel loved and special.
I know now that at one point, not too long ago, I had the perfect life. I will now try to maintain that same attitude and sense of well-being, not only for myself but for my beautiful family as well.

Thank you for listening to my story. I wish everyone with this disease a happy, complete, and fulfilled life.


sent via e-mail, Long Island, NY, USA

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