Mark S. King's mother shares her honest reactions to finding out his HIV status, her
advice for other families, and dealing with the loss of a family member to AIDS. Part of the ongoing "My Fabulous Disease" video series on living as an HIV positive gay man in recovery.
How one Mom handles HIV/AIDS
in the family.
May 5, 2011 - My mother raised six children, topping off this great achievement with yours truly. Yes, I'm the youngest, which explains a
lot, but not all. To understand the rest, you'd have to know the woman. Or, perhaps, simply be a mother yourself.
Mom was there for her kids during the years my father spent in far flung corners of the world flying B-52's as a pilot
in the Air Force for more than thirty years. Mom had to be all things: nurturer, disciplinarian, confessor, judge and jury. She was
the parental constant, and she performed it all admirably (and stylishly, if you ask me).