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Life after HIV AIDS

I'm a heterosexual mother of three boys whom are all negative by the grace of GOD. My story started back in 1993 when I moved from New York to escape a bad relationship. Once here, I decided I would go out and have some fun. That was my way of dealing with the break-up. I met this guy and we agreed that we would be friends and if anything develops out of it then let it be. I slept with him a month later and two weeks after that my body shut down. I began to have nightmares of a Nurse coming to my bedroom door telling me that I was HIV positive and that I needed to go to the doctor. That dream lasted a week. THE SAME DREAM! I was also experiencing night sweats, chills, and headaches. My temperature was 102 and I was so weak I couldn't get out of bed. My mother called the paramedics and I was rushed to the hospital. That was July of 1993. The doctors couldn't find anything wrong with me. However, they did say I had to have come in contact with someone who has AIDS. I looked at him and began to cry. My world was shattered briefly from that point on. Needless to say, nothing seemed real anymore not even the kids or my mother. I was hospitalized for a week. And, as I was leaving the hospital the doctor explained to me that it takes anywhere from 6 months to 10 years before any sythoms to develops.

Well, exactly 7 months later while getting prenatal care for my youngest son, I was advised to take an AIDS test. I agreed and my test came back positive which at that time wasn't a big shock because of the dreams. I confronted the guy who infected me and he denied it. (Of course) He died the same year I found out. At first I was mad because he didn't give me a choice; however, I now realize that I had a duty to myself and no-one before me so I was responsible for my own actions. I hold no grudges today because being HIV+ has put my life into perspective. I now have a purpose and I believe it is to educate and inform. After 5 years of denial and isolation I began to seek knowledge of this desease and how I can live a long life for myself and my kids. I am on the Dade County School Board and certified to go into the schools to educate our youth. I love doing what I do and I couldn't have ask for a better life. I know that some of you maynot understand my logic behind being infected but for me I believe everything happens for a reason and nothing happens by accident nor coincident. I have been blessed with beautiful friends and fortunate to have lived a healthy life without any meds this. I live my life to the fullest and I have eliminated a lot of stress and drama from my life. If anyone can't compliment my life then I'm definately not going to allow them to complicate it.

To those who may feel their life is over, I'm here to let you know that there is life after HIV/AIDS.

Sent via E-mail form Florida. November, 2002.

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