Washington, D.C.; Diagnosed in 2005; Three children: Ja'Waun (11), Terry (9) and Arianna (3)
My greatest joy of being a mother is the unconditional love that each one of my kids shows me, which has increased since me telling them I have AIDS. My oldest son is like my father -- always making sure that I take my meds, making sure I eat and helping take care of his brother and sister. My youngest son is more sensitive, asking me if I need a foot massage -- he likes to make sure I'm relaxed. My baby girl is always hugging and kissing on me. My greatest challenge as a mother is learning to balance work, kids and my AIDS. I try my best not to let my kids know when I'm feeling sick so they won't worry about me. I tell them to let Mommy worry. This last year and a half I have learned that what doesn't kill me will only make me stronger. My kids are my strength and they are my support system all the time; even when they are put on punishment they still love me.