Skip to comments.ĎPeople Think Itís Overí Spared Death, Aging People With H.I.V. Struggle to Live
Posted on 06/02/2013 1:52:17 PM PDT by jocon307
Steve Schalchlin would be the first to tell you he lives in a time of miracles, and about how hard that can be. In 1995, as his body wasted away from AIDS, he took the limited time in front of him as a challenge: he would write songs, make amends, fill his remaining days with life. And by the end, with his digestive system shut down, his figure skeletal, he was ready to die. Then he won a lottery for a new AIDS drug that had been rushed through the approval process. Almost overnight his health began to return, and with it, another, more open-ended, challenge: life...
Suddenly the future seemed like this long, empty road going toward the horizon, and I felt like, what am I gonna do with my life now? Mr. Schalchlin, 59, said the other day, still marveling at the turn of events. I had already accomplished all my goals that I had set for myself. And now I had this endless amount of time ahead of me, and I felt depressed.
Mr. Schalchlin no longer worries about dying of AIDS. But he has other health problems, more often seen in people 10 or 20 years older: kidney damage, diabetes, chronic fatigue, thyroid disease, partial paralysis in one eye and general weakness that limits him throughout the day.
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
But all I know is my beloved brother died of AIDS in 1995 and right now I'm feeling he just missed a cure. And it is making me very, very sad.
Yeah, my brother was a fagela, but please don't bash.
I just had to post this, and I'm sure the article is very interesting from a science/medical perspective.
Maybe I'll read the rest of it later.
Sorry for your loss.
If the obese and the smokers have to pay higher medical premiums under ObamaCare because of their “risky behavior,” surely homosexuals should as well. To do otherwise is overt discrimination because the expense to keep them alive is staggering.
Wonder if they would have done anything different.
When Mr. Davis, 62, learned he had H.I.V. in the late 1980s and then watched a partner die, he said, I partied harder. Took every drug in the world. I took all the money out of my 401(k) and spent it. He quit his job, ended up homeless and dependent on the citys H.I.V./AIDS Services Administration.
How about his "gay" bowel syndrome? Such a splendid lifestyle this mental disorder enables..........
The column is a sad one.
I’m sorry for your loss of your dear brother.
Thank you johnny!
Pardon my ignorance, but what is “gay bowel syndrome”? Too many damaging “thrusts” I’m guessing.
you know, the article cries out for martyrdom..
..I'm not in the mood......I've got arthritis seemingly in every joint of my body, including my hands...yet I need to keep working to pay the bills....and I'm nearly 60...
I feel the same way about these types of stories as I do about alcoholics seeking liver transplants at the taxpayer dime....where was the common sense when it was needed...
I have several members of my extended family that are gay...on bil has had several different partners, all have died, but I don't think from AIDS....one nephew is young and hopefully being very careful...
I also have a counsin in law dying of ALS...since her late 40's....not pretty....
I've understood that there was a whole mindset of HIV positive gay men "giving" HIV to others knowingly and many not HIV positive gay men "seeking" it......how twisted is that?...
its just difficult drumming up concern for these peoples' "middle age" problems....a lot of us have lived sensible lives, working,raising children, paying the tax man...when will get an article written about our trials and tribulations..
Thank you Gina, it just kind of freaked me out.
oh how I miss my brother, he was a great cut-up and while I wouldn’t say he was “conservative” he was equal opportunity and rather fearless.
While I’m very happy my staunch republican mom didn’t live to see the current admin I regret my brother didn’t. I’m sure his mockery of Obama and co. would have had us rolling on the floor.
same as normal woman have loose uterus?
you seen those pictures floating around on the inet that makes fun of women with too many kids? “vagina: it’s not a clown car”
we need to make fun of lesbians more, they’re more of a threat to our society being fem-nazis. I’m having trouble coming up with anything.
My brother is going through the same thing.
I’m very sorry to hear about your brother. I turned 18 in ‘78 and all my neighbors where I moved to were gay men. We started hanging out together and they were my friends and I loved them. They are almost all dead now. For several years.
The homosexual life is a sinful life and people living in it need to fall to their knees in submission to God, just like ALL of us need to for ALL of our sins. But it sure doesn’t mean we like to see them die and they need to hear the truth. Homosexuality, unlike any other sinful lifestyle, is applauded in society and those that say there’s hope; there’s a choice, are lambasted and destroyed. I truly feel for gays; they are trapped in a dark web.
“Regardless of the specific behavior being encouraged or punished, the end-result is more government control of the way individuals live their lives.”
Yes, and I’m sure we’ve all seen enough “twilight zones” to know how that turns out
So, I guessed right, huh?
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