Just Keep Breathing. At 44, he died. She didn’t.

Just Keep Breathing. At 44, he died. She didn’t.

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My husband has AIDS. I miraculously dona€™t. How am I going to survive? a€bI try to keep from screaming, a€œDennis, you cana€™t do this to me now. I left my family, my friends, my job, pulled the kids away from their school and friendsa€”you cana€™t quit on us. You cana€™t.a€ Through clenched teeth, he controls his response, a€œScott, Ia€™m tired. Ia€™m dying.a€ Dennis is walking away and does not sound tired; he sounds angry. a€œHave you not heard anything Ia€™ve told you for the last twenty-three years? I love you; you are my life. Dona€™t you dare think Ia€™m not dying here, too. You may be the one who gets buried, but Ia€™m the one who has to figure out how to keep living. Ia€™m dying, Dennis; Ia€™m dying with you.a€ We stand there, energy spent, emotionally depleted, tears falling. I take him in my arms, and we hold on to each other as if we draw lifea€™s breath from the othera€”because we do. He sits on the sofa, and I go find the Dallas phone book so I can call Restland, the place where we will bury his body. When Joan Scott Curtis was 43 years old, she found out her husband was dying of AIDS. He had been infected for thirteen years. She tested negative. None of this was possible. It was the mid 1990s. All the prejudices about AIDS are not supposed to exist anymore, but they do. Just Keep Breathing is the remarkable story about finding courage in small victories, on taking solace in helping others, and knowing that even though the major battle will be lost, the ability to live on with grace and dignity is what defines the war.Alice has put me in contact with one of the English teachers on her campus, and that teacher is sharing ideas and ... Elizabeth is enjoying fourth grade, and even her third grade teacher has told me that she now sees a real smile on Elizabetha#39;s face at school. Kathryn ... William has received a scholarship, so he is back in school at the University of Texas at Dallas and tending bar at night to support himself.

Title:Just Keep Breathing. At 44, he died. She didn’t.
Author: Joan Scott Curtis
Publisher:Hugo House Publishers, Ltd. - 2013-09-17

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