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Suzan, I was diagnosed HIV+ in March 2012 during the initial infection phase. I've disclosed to much of my family and a few close friends and have been tossing around the idea of total public disclosure. I am not a person who deals with big ole' secrets well and my status has been making me a little crazy. Your story helps me keep hope that HIV stigma will be gone one day. Thank you Suzan.

June 19, 2012 Austin, TX


Hi Suzan, I applaud you for raising a daughter with such courange and belief that she was willing to share her story and convince you to share yours. This could be any of us (I'm turning 40) and we shouldn't forget that! God Bless you and yours. God bless the love you and your husband must share to have weathered this! I have never been moved before to write someone about an article. I am in awe of you and your entire family! With love and prayers - Tracy in Alberta, Canada

March 10, 2008 Alberta


If everybody with HIV would be brave enough to disclose just as this family did, I doubt the stigma would still exist. We need to raise our voices. It's about time. God bless this beautiful family. Hope I grow to have one as lovely as this.

February 5, 2008 LONDON

Amy Harris

Suzan, thank you for being brave enough to write this. I read another article you wrote, I think, in Adoptive Families and I think about it often. Thank you for all you to to advocate for people living with HIV.

January 30, 2008

Josh Henderson

Susan, thank you for sharing your wonderful story. You shared with my wife over a year ago. She was looking for something that would help educate me to the idea of adopting an HIV positive child. Your family and your example opened my heart and mind to the idea. I can't imagine my life without our little girl, who is HIV positive. Something good has come from your story. It's helped to make my family whole. Well it will be when our little boy comes home. Your example has an extended reach.

January 24, 2008


Wow, this is a beautiful story. I think everybody has something they can "out" themselves over. Thank-you for your honesty in telling your story. You are a beautiful family.

January 14, 2008 San Diego


Thank you for this message. I too have had to deal with disclosing to my friends in fear that I will lose their friendship. To this day I still have a problem, but after reading your story I know there is hope for me yet.

January 13, 2008 Gainesville


Like everyone else, I thank you for sharing your story. I struggle daily with maintaining optimism and your story touched me deeply and has given me an added dose of hope. In a world were even doctors buy into this stigma the rest of the world needs to hear more stories like yours and maybe, just maybe, change will come. God bless.

January 12, 2008 Miami


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