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Re: Professional in NY feeling alone
      09/09/08 08:19 AM

I was in the hospital with pneumonia when I found out so friends and family already knew something was wrong,everyone was very supportive,visits,cards the whole thing but I,like you,kept thinking"what if they knew".After I got out I got CMV retinitis and I was talking to one of my co-workers who asked"is that one of those opportunistic infections" and I realized that the whole time I was worrying about telling,they already knew.Maybe being professionals and having worked with patients with AIDS we all had a more accepting attitude,I don't know,but no one ever seemed to look at me differently.My family has been very supportive right from the start,I told them immediately after finding out myself.To me it seems like the worry about somebody "finding out"was worse than just telling them upfront and getting that out of the way,I only had one bad experience and that one I expected.I feel that by being open about it I can control the whispering"do you know what she has","I heard Terry has AIDS",people can't gossip about something that is common knowledge.Not to say it's always easy,especially this summer when I met a guy I really liked,there was that fear,"when do I tell him?","what if I tell him and he leaves?"
Soon after I found out I took some classes on HIV and have gone out teaching others about the disease,HIV prevention and ways to care for yourself.I tried to put as positive a spin on my life since as I could.I would love to get a job working at a nursing home/rehab here that only takes residents with HIV/AIDS.
Ive always felt that now I have it I need to help prevent others from getting.The part that surprises most people is that I am an older,white,professional woman.I don't fit the "profile" of someone with AIDS.It helps me stress my point that you can't tell by how someone looks.

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* Professional in NY feeling alone Phoenix1012 09/08/08 08:10 AM
. * Re: I'm a Professional in NY feeling alone onekingdom   12/07/08 08:21 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone wpk7275   10/19/08 09:55 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone gurlzone   09/19/08 01:14 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Phoenix1012   09/22/08 07:54 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone ws2toronto   09/19/08 06:00 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone ws2toronto   09/17/08 11:36 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Phoenix1012   09/22/08 07:58 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone ws2toronto   09/24/08 07:09 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Phoenix1012   09/24/08 09:55 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone taurusthecat   09/22/08 10:14 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Richard3910   09/15/08 09:23 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone ANewMe27   09/14/08 08:30 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone livinghope   09/14/08 05:44 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Phoenix1012   09/13/08 09:46 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone TdavisMSW   09/13/08 07:20 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone morethanpoz   09/12/08 10:34 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone sbev1981   03/20/09 07:00 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Seekyah   09/17/08 02:03 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Seekyah   09/17/08 02:00 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone TdavisMSW   09/13/08 06:29 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Ophites   09/11/08 10:50 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone jnm83   09/11/08 06:40 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone michaelmca   09/11/08 05:56 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone charlespitre   09/11/08 09:36 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone maxx   09/11/08 08:14 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone taurusthecat   09/10/08 10:51 PM
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. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone NYRN   09/10/08 09:05 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone toothsaver   09/10/08 08:16 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone jody417   09/10/08 08:12 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone oldwoman   09/08/08 12:00 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Phoenix1012   09/09/08 07:40 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone oldwoman   09/09/08 08:19 AM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone Florida69   09/09/08 12:14 PM
. * Re: Professional in NY feeling alone oldwoman   09/10/08 08:13 AM
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