Jane Fowler, 77, North Kansas City, Mo.; Diagnosed in 1991
Emotional support has been critical to my "healthy" survival with HIV since my infection at the beginning of 1986. Said support, which contributes to happiness, comes from friends who continue to be "there" if I need them and offer distractions that keep me from obsessing about the virus. There's also the ongoing support of my son, Stephen (my only child) and his family, who live in Toronto. My favorite activity is a visit there with my grandson, 8-going-on-9-year-old Milo, and granddaughter Matilda, who is six. My suggestion for others aging with HIV is: Cultivate a network of persons on whom you can rely.