A Daily Choice

Illustration of woman nursing infant with flowers all around them.Written submission by Wanda Lien-Rojas

It was 1985, I was 21 years old and President Ronald Reagan announced to the world the genesis of a new disease; G.R.I.D. or the Gay Related Immune Disorder, later known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome or AIDS. I specifically recall hearing the words 'gay-related' so of course I thought I had nothing to worry about.

I was 21 years old and just started dating boys. My first boyfriend I met in church. The relationship ended even before it began. I'm not sure that I knew what I was doing; I was a late bloomer for sure. My second boyfriend was my neighbor's brother. And oh my goodness, he was gorgeous! Good looks, great personality and very sweet indeed. His name was G.P. I was head over heels in love with this guy. He had to be the one, the one and only. The boy I would marry for sure!

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