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Word on the Street: The Mother's Day Edition

May 4, 2011


Patricia Clark

Patricia Clark

Kalamazoo, Mich.; Diagnosed in 1991; One adoptive daughter (14); one nephew (18)

I have no birth children but a nephew, now 18, who I was blessed to be able to be a second mom to; and a 14-year-old daughter, who has been with me since she was 6 years old. The greatest joy for me as a mom is that wonderful high I get from the love that seems to emanate from children. I feed off it! Now that they are older the highs are very different, they carry a deeper tone and are not as frequent. I love to see them grow and cherish the notion that I will be here for them. Back when I was newly diagnosed (19 years ago) I didn't have that reassurance as we didn't think people living with HIV could survive as long. I am seeing them grow to maturity safe in knowing that, barring something extreme, I will continue to be a part of their lives for some time. I love to see what kind of people they are growing into. Imagining them as adults was all I could do before; now I am seeing it come to be. They still continue to "feed" me but in different ways.


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