Glinka Flowers ...
Quite often when making my rounds in other journals in J-Land, I'll run across something that makes me think ... sometimes about really important issues. That's what happened to me yesterday when I was visiting Albert's Artsy World and read his entry about Long-term HIV/AIDS Survivors.
Reading this entry reminded me how easy it is not to think about the early generation of AIDS victims and the extraordinary issues that they've been faced with.
Many were treated and felt like human guinea pigs as experimental medications were beginning to be introduced, the stress of having to deal with the deaths of so many of their friends and loved ones was enough to deplete anyone's immune system and they were also forced to deal with the feeling of being ostracized or hated by the people around them because of ignorance and fear. Thanks Albert for the reminder.
Reading THIS <-- click entry also gave me a unique opportunity to open up the lines of communication on a personal level with Mandy, my 18 year old daughter. As a single woman and also as a mother of 3 kids, ages 18, 20 & 21, I know that it's important to keep in mind that this virus is still a very real threat.
There have been a few people in my life directly affected by HIV/AIDS some are survivors, some were not and some have remained negative against the odds (Thank God). Hmmm ... I'm off to make a few long overdue phone calls and Alb ... I'm so glad you're my friend.
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