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Word on the Street

Tips on Telling Others You're Positive

 19/22 

Greg Braxton

Greg Braxton, Chicago, Ill., diagnosed in 1994

Since I've been diagnosed, I have become much closer with my mom.

When I was diagnosed, I didn't hold back. Within 10 minutes of me knowing, I told my mom, and my family.

What did they say initially? Were they cool about it?

They were cool in front of me, but I'm sure it hit them like a ton of bricks. They tried not to show fear in front of me, because they didn't want me to worry. They were kind of walking a tight line. But when I would get sick -- and I did get sick back then -- my mom would come out to see me, almost on a daily basis. I was so sick; I would go weeks without eating food. She was always there.

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