New York, N.Y.; Diagnosed in 1991; Two children, ages 34 and 16; two grandchildren, 14 and 8
I am the mother of a 34-year-old daughter and a 16-year-old son. I also am grandmother of two beautiful children ages 14 and 8. The joy and/or the challenge had nothing to do with living with the virus; it is parenting two different children -- one female, one male -- each bringing an individual and unique experience to my life. Being a mother has provided the warmth of being wrapped in layers of love, wisdom, patience and forgiveness for all of us as a family. This is also the bond that holds us together.