Posted by: Chelle | 2004/11/03

Chat- Up Close and Personal with AIDS

Something I wrote just over a year ago, and sent out to everyone, after I experienced the devastation of AIDS.
He greeted me with his usual smile and held out his hand. It had been a few months since we had last seen each other. I smiled back at him, trying to hide my shock at what I saw before me -

Before me stood a man, who, a few months ago had bright shining eyes and a sparkling smile, and whose muscular body, although small in stature, epitomised health and strength. Now, his structure was frail, his face drawn, and his eyes, sunken and sullied. Yet, he smiled.

Today, AIDs was no longer a statistic.
It was standing right next to me, up close and personal
Eery article I have read, and every statistic I have heard,
each and every debate regarding medication and treatment,
could not prepare me for my first true encounter with this dreaded disease

Here was a man I always admired, who took so much pride in his work, always doing the best he knew how. A man who during the time I had known him, had fathered children and lost children. A man who continued to dream, and who against all odds, continued to smile. A man whose humility was laced with the perfect amount of pride, always giving me reason to smile (or cry) as he touched my soul so deeply on many occasions.

And here was AIDS about to remove this wonder from my life. And as it does, I will continue to be grateful to this man, who taught me that having hope will always give you reason to smile.

I share these words to be passed on, so that you will know, that whatever perceptions you have in your mind regarding AIDS, and whatever statistic you read, and whenever you dismiss it as someone else's disease, and whenever you think it won't happen to you, you will remember this email and hopefully it will better prepare you for the time when you first feel AIDS, up close and personal. Because you will! Each and everyone of us is a victim of AIDS!
BUT, each and everyone of us can take something positive from these people who battle this frightening disease and pass it on, so that their memory lives on within others.

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Posted by: De Bruyn | 2004/11/06

Marvellous, Chelle, you are indeed a wonderful person. These days, very few people, if any, even that individual, Sunny, doesn't know people with AIDS or HIV.( That includes the President and the joke (sic) of a Minister of Health. They really do not deserve to be in the positions they hold because of their actions (or should I say, inaction) over the pandemic. It was only when there was an election pending that they graciously agreed to provide free ARV's. Sorry, just taking time off to froth at the mouth.)

These days, however, it is not necessary to die from HIV/AIDS. If one can get the ARV's and try to eat healthily, you should survive, depending on your mindset

Chelle, your friend died secure in the knowledge that you cared for him. May you go from strength to strength

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Posted by: Chelle | 2004/11/04

Thanks for the kind words :)

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Posted by: lulu | 2004/11/04

That was beautiful, Chelle. You're a good person...

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Posted by: Shaun | 2004/11/04

Hi Chelle,

You have expressed you emotions quite well here & this was well worth the read. Thank you.

Seems we have another writer in our midst...

Have a great day,

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Posted by: Inc | 2004/11/04

that was beautiful.
God Bless

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Posted by: Lucia | 2004/11/04

*sigh* Yes Chelle, such a pity there are still so many people with blinkers on. I always say there is a desease which kills thousands more people every year than aids - it's called ignorance.

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Posted by: Chelle | 2004/11/03

Fortunately I don't have AIDS. I wrote this when someone I cared about died from the disease.

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Posted by: sunny | 2004/11/03

so you have AIDS?

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