“It’s not about what happens to you, it’s how you react to it.” These words hit me hard like a gentle but firm punch in the gut. Of all the information Founder and CEO of Rotarians for Family Health and AIDS Prevention Marion Bunch shared with me in less than 20 minutes, these words impacted me the most. They’re words from a woman who has gone through the nightmare of losing a child to a disease that was still misunderstood at the time.
Marion lost her son to AIDS in 1994. A year after his passing, better medication for the virus was produced, and more patients began managing their HIV, living longer, and thriving with the disease. HIV was becoming less of a death sentence and more of a condition.
Nevertheless, Marion had lost her only son, and worse yet, no one wanted to talk to her about it.
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