This happening to my children was one of my biggest fears, and the main reason why we kept our disease a secret for so many years. It was my oldest daughter, Alee, who pushed us to come out. I've never once regretted that decision. Thankfully, our family has received a tremendous amount of support from the schools, their staff, and even parents. We've been truly blessed. It's because of people like Joey DiPaolo and Ryan White, who struggled to educate and move us forward, that our family has been met with so much support and compassion. I want to send a shout out to these young people and their families who paved this difficult road before us. I hope their stories of hope and courage are never forgotten.
To learn more about Joey DiPaolo and what he's doing in the fight against AIDS visit his website at www.jdaf.org