January 17, 2011

Birthday Man

Jim Carrey, Ben Franklin and me--three Americans born on January 17. In fact, Mr. Carey and I came into the world on the same day in 1962.

But only one of us has lived with HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years. Only one has shown courage and bravery in the face of a disease that once had a life expectancy of 12-18 months.

Happy birthday to the man that is me. I'm living a dream that I never imagined coming true: me, middle-aged, in great shape with a sharp mind. Me, comfortable with myself and in love with my life. Me, a funky, black, poz jock who is happy, whole and proud.

Happy birthday to me. And many more ....