This time of year, we reflect on what we are thankful for in life. Some of the things I am thankful for include my family, my home and my job. But I am most thankful for my son. His joy, beauty, and the sheer happiness he brings, completes me. I believe he also saved my life because it was during my pregnancy that I was diagnosed.
I realize that all too often people don’t learn they are HIV positive until they are sick. My husband and I were so fortunate to discover our status while we were still relatively healthy. I feel this has given us an advantage against the disease that others are not so lucky to have.
And to be honest, I’m even a little thankful for HIV. Not so much for the disease itself (it terrifies me), but more for the outlook on life it has given me. I am now able to see life in a much different perspective. I am thankful for each and every day and realize that life truly is a gift from God. I am able to laugh more. I am able to love deeper. And I am able to live fuller.