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This Positive Life: An Interview With Shana Cozad

    Shana Cozad
    Shana Cozad
    Shana (bottom left) with the Humphreys, her adoptive family.
    Shana (bottom left) with the Humphreys, her adoptive family.
    Shana with her son, James, at age 5.
    Shana with her son, James, at age 5.
    I kept going back to some of the strangest things you might think: "But I grew up in such a good family. Look at me. I'm making really good grades. I'm a really good mom. I'm really smart." I had all these strange misconceived notions, again, of who I thought gets HIV and who doesn't.
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    James, age 18.
    James, age 18.
    So what I told my doctor is, "I know you're obligated to tell me that most cases are of people who are dead in two to five years and that's how you help to prepare people. But I'm telling you right now that's not going to be me.
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    Shana and Mallory, at age 7, at the annual Bacone College Powwow.
    Shana and Mallory, at age 7, at the annual Bacone College Powwow.
    What I've learned in the Native culture I've been exposed to is truly one of the saving graces in how I deal with HIV.
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    Shana's husband, Bear, with daughters Danica and Mallory.
    Shana's husband, Bear, with daughters Danica and Mallory.
    Shana and her husband, Bear.
    Shana and her husband, Bear.
    Shana, with her family, at a recent trip to the emergency room.
    Shana, with her family, at a recent trip to the emergency room.
    Danica, James and Mallory.
    Danica, James and Mallory.
    Shana Cozad.
    Shana Cozad.
    Olivia G. Ford

    Olivia G. Ford

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    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.