Jim and Sonia
brother passed away of this terrible disease
six years ago. He contracted it by having unsafe
sex. Fortunately, we were able to spend the
last year of his life together.
His name, Jim. He never met a stranger. He met
many celebrities and I always loved hearing
his stories. And he loved my stories and dreams
I had of you!
I became active in our local AVOC here in Cincinnati
and they are a great support for me.
would go to his support meeting and I to mine,
just down the hall from his. We had great times,
and sad. The changes that were taking place
in his body was not as difficult to handle,
because of the support groups we attended.
What a long story I could tell you about his
last year, shoot for all that matter, our entire
lives. Local news reporters are even interested
in how our lives were. It would make a good
As dementia set in, along with his organs shutting
down, one at a time, I never left his side.
I was never worried about getting the disease.
He would cough in my face as I rolled him over,
and I did not give it a thought that I would
contract the disease. (AVOC is a very wonderful
group) Heck, I bathed him, changed his adult
diapers, and his bed clothes. It came so natural,
he's my brother. I would do it again, whether
it be a family member or stranger.
We both attended AA meetings together, he was
sober the last three years of his life. Though
when he found out five years earlier that he
was HIV positive, suicide was his only answer.
He did not want to suffer. But with my love
and support, we both were able to help each
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