Monday, May 11, 2009

How is Bill Rydwels healthy?

[Bill is a featured panelist at the May 20
live podcast forum Generation You.]

I have kept myself healthy and alive, these past twenty-five years of being HIV-positive... by living.

Twenty-five years ago I returned to Chicago to say good bye to my family and expected that within a year I would be dead. Fortunately, with the help of friends made at TPAN and all the positive people who worked to keep us alive, I learned that if you expect to die you might as well do so immediately. By LIVING, and I do mean living the life you've set out to do, you will live. I have reached an incredibly adult age by doing all that I've always wanted to do.

I've shared experiences of joy and sorrow with the most beautiful people one could hope to meet. I've traveled the major inhabited world from North America, to Europe, to South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central America and met my fellow men and women who accepted me into their homes and hearts without question. I've to love people for who they are; and not judge them by preconceived notions of the ill-informed.

By LIVING I have learned to live as healthily as possible and the only change in my life pattern has been adjustments in my daily health care. Without these I wouldn't be here now and, maybe, someday I'll have a chance to meet YOU and live a bit more.

-- Bill Rydwels

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Bill glad to see you on here. I went to TPAN meetings for a while and remember you very well. I'm still kicking after AIDS related Lymphoma cancer in 2007 and then my friend died of ALS in 2008 and I took care of him till his death in Jan.
    It would be nice to hear from you.


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