I have to be honest, there aren't many families like mine, and that's why I began writing Red Ribbon Diaries over a decade ago. My husband and I were brand-new adoptive parents, and we were also struggling with the secret of HIV/AIDS, a secret we kept for many years. Writing became a powerful tool for me. A way for me to share our story with the world.
In 2008 our family decided to come out. DISCLOSURE STORY.
When I think back to those early days and all we've gone through, I wonder how we survived, but we did. Back in the late nineties and early 2000's, with the frightening prospect of AIDS looming over our heads, we hid the truth. The only people we told were the people who had to know. It wasn't long before keeping the secret became harder than having the disease. I write about our disclosure on this blog. I also write about my families struggles and our triumphs.
One of our biggest triumphs was getting our health back. READ OUR STORY HERE.
Should your path lead you here, you'll find many stories, some happy and some sad, about my family and about my life. But most importantly, this blog has become a source of education and inspiration to many. The letters and support that have poured in over the years have meant so much to our family. Thank you for your kindness and love all these years.
I'm going to close with a favorite quote by Willa Cather. "Where there is great love, there are always miracles." I believe that, friends.
Suzan J. Meredith is an author, advocate, and 32-year survivor of HIV. Suzan's short stories, essays, and creative non-fiction have appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Adoption Today Magazine, RAW, The Huffington Post, and others. Suzan is currently writing a novel. For updates and news visit Suzan on Facebook .