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My journey with AIDS…and more!: World AIDS Day 2016

The blank page stares up at me, “World AIDS Day 2016”. That will be Thursday. It’s not like it used to be when life was much more urgent, desperate. I think of the dead. I still sorely miss my friends, friends from our twenties and thirties. Gone. It’s like Remembrance Day, but I don’t like . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: World AIDS Day 2016

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Generosity

As heard on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning today Wood Haven Country Lodge in the Kawarthas opens its heart next weekend to women and children from area shelters, offering them a get-away in the busy holiday season. David explained to Matt Galloway that when his partner died of AIDS several years ago, he decided to extend . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Generosity

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Did you see this?

Exciting news from the NIH! “Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have identified an antibody from an HIV-infected person that potently neutralized 98 percent of HIV isolates tested, including 16 of 20 strains resistant to other antibodies of the same class. The remarkable breadth and potency of this antibody, named N6, make it an . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Did you see this?

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Reprise: A human wreck at ‘Wreck Beach’

It was my first visit to the west coast, that summer of 1996, and – given my fragile health – I was determined to make it the trip of a lifetime. I would fly to Vancouver and then take the train across Canada to return home. My purpose in being out there was to attend . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Reprise: A human wreck at ‘Wreck Beach’

My journey with AIDS…and more!: No offence to ‘black dogs’ but I got real today

Bright and early this morning, before I could slip into dishonesty, I volunteered to my diabetes specialist that I was depressed. Actually it was more like joining in conversation with her as she wondered aloud if any ‘black dogs’ were about. There’s always something cathartic about admitting this after circular self-arguments about whether I am . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: No offence to ‘black dogs’ but I got real today

My journey with AIDS…and more!: I’m back, breaking my blogging fast

Facebook, with its at-best superficial ways of linking me to my world, has taken me away from greater reflection possible in this blog so…I’m back – on my journey here. The past few weeks I have been involved with the Youth/Elders Project, a joint effort of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the 519 Community Centre . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I’m back, breaking my blogging fast

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Medical update: It’s all good

While showing me a graph, with the trajectory of my health over the past few months, my endocrinologist remarked, “I wouldn’t have sold you life insurance in January!” Point taken. It was a rough patch, to be sure. But now… … . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Medical update: It’s all good

My journey with AIDS…and more!: Out for 35 years

Reading something which noted that 1981 was 35 years ago jarred me into realizing that it was three-and-a-half decades ago this very month that I officially came out of the closet, by which I mean letting my family know that I was gay. It was in the co… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Out for 35 years

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Honours from ACT

It was both an honour and a pleasure this past Monday to receive an award for 25 years of service at the AIDS Committee of Toronto’s Annual General Meeting. I must confess to feeling like I have drawn on more services than I have provided but the 25 years is amazing, even from a survival . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Honours from ACT

My journey with AIDS...and more!: ‘Times Have Changed’ at 40 Wellesley St.E. #HIVnow

The latest ambitious awareness campaign by the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT), #HIVnow, “asks big questions, puts forward honest answers and issues clear calls to action”. The “Times have changed” theme comes to mind as I watch the slow demolition of 40 Wellesley Street East, a medical offices building where I learned of my HIV . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: ‘Times Have Changed’ at 40 Wellesley St.E. #HIVnow

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Leaving Unit 503 upright

I am surrounded by boxes, both packed and empty. This week I am changing units within my housing co-op, moving house for the first time since 1992. When I re-located to this building 23 years ago I thought, with good reason, that my death was imminent; that I would be here a short time before . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Leaving Unit 503 upright

My journey with AIDS...and more!: World AIDS Day 2014 has come and gone and something had me rattled

Here’s my Facebook feed today after I heard Shaun Proulx on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning today referring to his blog on HIV Divorce. I have AIDS, and have had for many years. I can’t seem to walk that back, to HIV only, so I think of myself as surviving HIV/AIDS. While HIV may never lead . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: World AIDS Day 2014 has come and gone and something had me rattled

My journey with AIDS...and more!: I’m Thinking, “This is Going to Hurt!”: On ‘How Not to Deal with Grief’

From my friend Betty Ann on her Facebook page: “This article deeply moved me…as I suspect it will for any of you who have been impacted by the kind of grief associated with multiple loss, deaths due to overdose and or HIV/AIDS. Rather than just clicking on “like”, can you write a few sentences in . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: I’m Thinking, “This is Going to Hurt!”: On ‘How Not to Deal with Grief’

My journey with AIDS...and more!: A new low

“How long have you been wasting?” the chiropodist asked me a couple of weeks ago as she updated a history on me. The starkness of the verb, however accurate, stayed with me. I’ve always been thin, I said, but my weight has been falling a bit since last fall. Fast forward to preparations for a . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: A new low

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Another important day for self-acceptance

    If I have learned nothing else about my bipolar II today, it is that I am certainly not the only one in similar circumstances who has found photography to be a healing past-time. Facebook is teeming today with some of the creative works of the bipolar support community. Scrolling through various blogs and . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Another important day for self-acceptance

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Another important day for self-acceptance

    If I have learned nothing else about my bipolar II today, it is that I am certainly not the only one in similar circumstances who has found photography to be a healing past-time. Facebook is teeming today with some of the creative works of the bipolar support community. Scrolling through various blogs and . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Another important day for self-acceptance

My journey with AIDS...and more!: DARE ME – and help raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation

I realize it’s been many months since I have blogged. (You’re more likely to find me on Facebook or Twitter.) As my HIV has to compete with everything else that ails me, and those activities which bring me relaxed pleasure, it takes a special occasion to spring me into action on the HIV/AIDS front. I… . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: DARE ME – and help raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Review (and a personal retrospective) – Behind the Candelabra

With only the most scant help from Google I have been trying to remember more about my personal, professional meeting with Liberace (“Please, call me Lee.”) It was some time in the mid-1980s, while I was working at a St. Catharines, Ontario radio station, when the subject of last night’s premiere of Behind the Candelabra . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Review (and a personal retrospective) – Behind the Candelabra

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Lunch with Vito Russo

Disclaimer: My memories have been assisted by Google and a piece of paper, 8-1/2″ x 11″ divided in half, on which is written the following: After signing up for The Movie Network again recently, I came upon the film “Vito: A Man For All Seasons”. I was immediately transported back to the early summer day . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Lunch with Vito Russo

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Early morning, April 25, 2007

A prompt this week to write about something in a health-care context brought out this story which, despite having been told over and over in my head, had heretofore not made it down in writing. It wasn’t quite 5:30 am and Janice was already waiting for me on the main floor of Union Station. Her . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Early morning, April 25, 2007

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Re-visiting Windigo ( a poem I wrote about a place I loved)

I know I’ve posted this before but I ventured to submit it to Northern Cardinal Review, an online magazine I happened upon today:   Windigo Ripples lick the rocks As the pines and birch politely applaud Gulls catching their petits déjeuners In the waking lake.   Sky’s amethyst shroud cascades Towards the western shore And . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: Re-visiting Windigo ( a poem I wrote about a place I loved)

My journey with AIDS...and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…

…this! It’s certainly not too early to think about Mental Illness Awareness Week When I read the Ottawa Citizen article (linked above) I immediately thought, “Mom will have read that yesterday,” and what an opening it would give me to discuss my own mental health history with her. Not long after sobering up five+ years . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: There are at least a few, if not many, important people with whom I need to have my own conversation about…

My journey with AIDS...and more!: Oh look! It’s happened again!

I’m delighted to be at the top of the list, perhaps it’s random, of 16 Five Star Rated AIDS Information Sites & Blogs – and I’ve found a few fellow travelers in the process!

My journey with AIDS...and more!: My 1,000th post! (with help from The Equality Mantra’s “A Letter to My Sons”)

What I really like about this is that it could just as easily have been said by my Mom or Dad. (They said and wrote almost exactly similar sentiments when Craig and I came out 31 and 35 years ago, respectively.) So there you have it, according to WordPress and Price-Waterhouse accountants, my one-thousandth post!

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My journey with AIDS...and more!: AccolAIDS much appreciated!

Healthline editors recently published the final list of their favorite HIV & STD blogs and I’m pleased to let you know that this blog made the list, which can be found here (in no particular order). I am very appreciative of this vote of confidence! Kenn Chaplin is no defeatist; he’s brazen, energetic, gut-wrenchingly honest, . . . → Read More: My journey with AIDS…and more!: AccolAIDS much appreciated!