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Word on the Street: The Mother's Day Edition

May 4, 2011


Shana Cozad

Shana Cozad

Tulsa, Okla.; Diagnosed in 1993; Three children: James (20), Danica (10) and Mallory (8)

Peanut butter 'n' jelly sandwiches. Scraped knees. Little hands. Homemade presents. Report cards. Bedtime stories. Chasing the monsters away from under the bed ... Fast food. Faster errands. Late nights. High temps. Sleepovers. Popcorn messes. Lovely dyed Easter eggs!! Video games. Grape soda. Non-eaten vegetables. Shampoos in the eyes. Lollipops. Playgrounds. ... and mommy cards saying "You're the BEST mommy ever!" ... Birthday parties. Garage sales. New shoes. Cartoons on Forever! Tylenol. Dentists. ... Singing 100 lullabies till sleep does come. Doctor visits. Potato chips. Endless laundry. Grandmas and grandpas. New best friends. School vacations. ... Teaching awareness, understanding, compassion of all the people living with HIV.


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Comment by: Stephanie (long island, NY) Fri., May. 6, 2011 at 10:27 pm UTC
This is very inspirational and I am grateful to know there are such loving women like you out there!
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Comment by: Larry Estrada (Wichita, Ks) Fri., May. 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm UTC
I am always honored to read your stories you Guys are a true inspiration one in Particular who I am both honored and humbled by Is you Shana my sister you inspire me every day.I love all of you guy but my sister takes the cake sorry but she does.As for the rest of you guys thanks so very much for breaking the silence ending the stigma fighting the good fight you have inspired me to do what I can as well and tell my story in a more public forum thanks for everyting and thank you all at the for your efforts with out you we would not have this outlet so if people dont tell All of you enough I love you all and I appriciate all of you.Sincerely
Larry Estrada Diagnosed with HIV since 1998
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Comment by: Lisa D. (Pittsburgh, Pa) Fri., May. 6, 2011 at 3:45 pm UTC
The best part about being a mother is being blessed to be one it's a gift from GOD!! Some of my biggest lesson through being a mother is learning patience, unconditional love, committment, trust, understanding and learning how to persevence...

Some of my biggest challenges are letting go.. I know that at some point you have too, but these are my babies we are talking about.. I have 4 childen two grown Daugthers and two sons 18,10...

Am just very grateful that they all hae been taught and given tools that will help them to shape their own lives and be able to make healthy choices..

I thank GOD for that lessons and blessings..
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mother's out there.. It's not an easy job, but the gift of motherhood is priceless and i wouldn't change a thing.. Mother's Day is about LOVE!!!
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