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Ten years later

Hi, I was touched when I read your story. I'm a 37 year old mother of 4, ages 21,18,15,14. My husband and I have been together for 20yrs. In 1997 we stumbled upon a diagnosis becauase he kept having this terrible headache. After several trips to the ER and being sent back home, on the 4th visit he had to be rushed in by ambulance due to uncontrolable seizures. I was terrified and alone. Finally after a spinal tap we learned that he was HIV+. On top of that news we learned that the type of meningitis he had was life threatening. Fortunately he overcame that episode and it is now 10 yrs later. I eventually got tested after alot of encouragement and was also +.

I was ashamed and afraid at this point and not willing to seek treatment. I now know that it was the best thing I ever did. I started off having to take meds until I found a wonderful DR. that specializes in this disease. I am currently not required to take meds at this point of my ilness, but it is such a relief to have the weight off my shoulders. HOPE is the greatest thing we have in this life. I haven't told "the world" but the family and friends that I did confide in are very supportive and that is what you need. I can't speak for all the fathers in the world but a mother's love is unconditional. If people shun you or disconnect themselves from you if yoou test positive, you didn't need those people in your life anyway. If you are one of the unfortunate people who test + and get no family support , there are so many forms of supprt out there you would be overwhelmed. Also in this age Aids is a disease you can live with. Immediately after my diagnosis I started trying to figure up my expiration date. The fact is you'll live until you die. Make the most out of your life, + or not LIVE to the fullest possible extent.don't get me wrong there are some rough days, but such is life. Smile because GOD loves you. I have been practicing as a LPN for the past 10 years and I have to say , second to raising my children it has been the most rewarding thing I've done with my time here on this earth. We will all endure storms no matter what our status is . It's what you learn from those storms does a beautiful person make. Go get tested and if you're + get over your obstacles and get on with your life because it is so worth living. Attitude plays a huge role in the quality of life we have. Last but not least my friend, don't give up on being a husband and a father one day because those things are still obtainable, weaping may endure through the night, buy JOY cometh in the morning!!!


Sent via Email January 5, 2008 from NC.

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