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.