Sharing our AIDS Stories II

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

Last year I posted a diary on World AIDS Day asking people if there was interest in Sharing our AIDS Stories.  I started that off telling about my therapist and (I hope) my friend, Kurt Wilhelm (link goes to my nearly abandonned personal blog…there aren’t enough hours in a day).

Then I invited people to tell their own stories.  The response was nearly overwhelming.  I endeavored then, as I will today, to read and answer ever post, until I got some helpers towards the end.  At first the majority of comments were by people who talked about their friends or family who had died or who were living with AIDS, but as the day went on, more and more people living with AIDS started telling their stories.

Art Link

Days Will Come

Days will come

when sanity will

regain supremacy,

when disease will

be battled without

political consideration,

when people’s deaths

will not be occasions

to seek out

personal advantage.

But not today.

–Robyn Elaine Serven
–December 1, 2005

All I can do is promise to listen, to help keep memories alive, to receive what you wish to share, to share the good memories as well as the bad…and if last year is an indication, there will be some of both, though more of the latter.

I will listen and I will cry with you.  Pain shared can be pain lessened.


I did this over at Daily Kos, where it seems to have gone mostly unnoticed.  


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    • Robyn on December 1, 2007 at 6:56 pm

    …a less productive weekend than I would have hoped.


    • Tigana on December 1, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    and others we lost – why?

    • Robyn on December 2, 2007 at 3:00 am

    I was pretty down about the lack of participation over at the Orange (about 1/10 of last year’s) for most of the day but in the last 2-3 hours it picked up and lifted my spirits.

    It really is all about the comments.  I just try to give people a canvas to work on.

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