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Enjoying life with HIV or AIDS

Life can change in a matter of seconds–accidents, births, new jobs; the list is exhaustible. Hearing the news that you have HIV or AIDS is one of those moments, one of those life changing, harrowing, irreversable moments. But living with HIV or AIDS doesn’t have to be the defining factor that controls how you live.

When I was fourteen, my uncle revealed to my family that he had contracted HIV from his long time partner, who was not aware that he was infected. It was the late 1990’s, and not much was known about either HIV or AIDS; the news seemed devestating and final. My uncle was a smart man, and immediatly made arrangments for those he loved. He purchased life insurance that would support his daughter till she reached a legal age, and drafted a will that covered every basis.

But the years passed, and my uncle continued to thrive; we went on vacations all over the U.S., he and his partner took up pottery making, and his daughter graduated highschool with a full scholarship. Time moved forward, and it became easier and easier to forget about the disease that once consumed his every thought.

He, like millions of others living with HIV and AIDS, finally decided that his life was still his own. Nearly fiften years have passed, and both my uncle and his partner are still active, happy, thriving members of society. HIV is still a part of who he is, but it is by no means the majority of who he is.

If you have recently found out that you are HIV or AIDS positive, it is perfectly ok, even advisable, to play it safe and plan for the future. But remember to also live in the now. Enjoy each day, and spend time with the people that love you. Life can change in a matter of seconds, but it doesn’t have to always be for the worse, even when it seems that way at first.

Get Tested Earlier for HIV

A 25-year old HIV positive male who recently graduated from a reputable university is now trying to put his life back together. Kevin has always had a good positive outlook about life. He has always been a smart-looking individual who received a good education at one of the top universities in California. No one would have ever predicted that this young man would have HIV. After engaging in unprotected sex, Kevin tested positive for HIV. Although he knew there was a risk, he expected the worst outcome and did not take the news very well.

Kevin considered life insurance right away to protect his unpredictable future. He has been living in secrecy while trying to live a healthy lifestyle on his own. At first he worried about medications because of the financial burden and side effects. Kevin is now more confident since he was able to obtain a new life insurance policy. It is very important to get tested when you are in doubt after having an unprotected sexual encounter. HIV is very controllable as long as you start taking medication at its earliest stage. Since maintaining your state of health is a long process, do the right thing and get tested early.

Kevin is living a normal life despite his health condition. Living through it positively is a choice of doing the best you can for yourself. HIV does not change who you are; do not isolate yourself or the disease because for someone who is HIV positive, acceptance is very essential.

How Life with HIV Has Improved

Growing up, I always heard how contracting HIV essentially was a death sentence. Medication could do very little to actually make life better, and while it could hold off the eventual development of AIDS, most people would be diagnosed with AIDS within a decade and then die a few years after that. However, the times have drastically changed and I must say, while I would never wish HIV on anyone, I am glad I contracted the virus within the last few years and not back in the 80s.

After I obtained my life insurance policy, I decided to go out and get my annual physical. It was at this time I was told I had HIV. Thankfully, I found out early on, so I could start taking medication and protect my immune system. It is very important to protect the immune system as quickly as possible.

While I take medication in order to fight the HIV and protect my immune system, this is something that I can now live with, without having to fear that it is eventually going to turn to AIDS and kill me. In fact, as long as I live a healthy, active lifestyle, I do believe I can live an exceptional life, just like anyone else and truly make a different in the world around me.

Life After HIV

I have lived two lives. The first came to an end after I received word that I had contracted HIV. However, my second life started the day I found out I had HIV. I think most people with HIV feel the same way. Having HIV does not mean your full life is over, it just means it is going to be completely different and that you really need to make important changes to make sure you can live a long and full life. I do have to say that before I contracted HIV, I really didn’t live the best life. I wasn’t the best friend and I know I wasn’t the best son. I simply took everything for granted and was just a giant flake to the majority of people who knew me. However, after HIV, my life completely changed. I saw truly what was important in my life, and that is my family and friends.

Life after learning I had HIV is actually better than my life before. While I have gone and taking out a life insurance policy, simply to protect those who are important to me from having to deal with my final expenses, I now spend more time with everyone and I tend to avoid the things that made my life such a disaster before hand. I must say I enjoy my new life.

Living with HIV

I don’t know much about finding life insurance when you have a pre-existing condition such as HIV, but I do know that it is not a death sentence or even that much of a damper on your life. Sure your life has changed, but not in the way you may think.

You get to see your life from a new perspective and maybe even cherish it a little more. The situation that put me at risk for infection involved some careless decision-making. I have a chance to rectify that by taking much better care of myself and understanding that I am worth more consideration than other people give me. Investigating life insurance is one of those considerations.

I used to worry about the stigma of being infected and the risk of infecting others. It actually isn’t about other people anymore. The stigma is an issue that other people have, not me. While I do not go around advertising my status, I am not ashamed of it and share it with people who I feel need to know. As for the risk for spreading the infection, now that I am undetectable because of medication, I cannot give it to others. The risk lies with my compromised immune system being exposed to other people. Love yourself and make better decisions for your bright future.

Living a healthy, loving responisble live with HIV.

Living with HIV means making time for family. I have lunch with my sister on Wednesdays, and dinner with co-workers on Fridays. I make time to take my niece to the park, and I have even gone fishing in order to reconnect with with my brother after having been estranged from him for years.

Living with HIV means working hard. I work two jobs in order to help my husband pay for school, and so that we can put a little aside for a down payment on a house.

Living with HIV also means living responsibly. My husband and my mother have taken the time to help me learn the basics of cooking healthy meals, and I have worked hard to learn healthy eating habits. I’ve also had to work hard to find an exercise routine that works for me. My husband was convinced yoga was the answer, but I prefer hiking and swimming.

Perhaps the most important part of living a loving, health and responsible life with HIV is finding life insurance. Having a good life insurance policy will ensure that all of my hard work will be protected, and most importantly, my family with be provided for.

ALS Fundraiser Reminds Us of HIV Awareness Beginning

Internet users have been awash with the the "Ice Bucket Challenge" this summer. This challenge was issued by the ALS Association to raise money to help fund research for a cure to ALS as well as provide care for patients of the disease. Through this campaign, research continues and awareness has been raised, but we’re still a long way from the cure.

In many ways, 2014 is for ALS what the 1980s was for HIV. Perhaps it’s not surprising that long-term HIV survivors have stepped up to lend hope to their fellow humans, of which only 30,000 in the United States have ALS.

In the comments of one video, an HIV survivor tells people not to give up hope. She was diagnosed over twenty years ago. At the time, her prognosis was death in just a few short years. Yet, she lives over two decades later.

Part of this is due to funding given to AIDs research. That funding came both from the government as well as private donors, and it’s led to medication that allow people with HIV to live longer and more normal lives while we search for a cure. This doesn’t mean that patients give up on life insurance, but their diagnosis of HIV doesn’t have to be nearly as grim.

With the help of the Internet, we hope the same can be true for ALS patients.

Life Insurance Let You Live- Breathe- and Exhale

Being diagnosed with HIV or aids is not a death sentence. You can live a full fruitful life with that special someone. The medical industry is creating new medications that really helps in prolonging the life of people such as yourself, who have been diagnosed or is living with HIV or full blown aids.

Live Life to the Fullest

Insurance companies are writing life insurance policies for aids victims, and you can get your own life insurance policy too. Your life is worth living, and you are worth every breathe you take. Learn to enjoy the finer things in life, like fun, exercise, walking in the park, and traveling.

Your life does not have to end, because of an illness. Every sickness is not a sickness that leads to destruction. Every day you wake up is a new day to life, breathe and enjoy life. Take advantage of the many types of life insurance policies that are available to you.

Just call a insurance agent today, and set up an appointment to talk about your life insurance needs. Don’t let HIV or aids dictate your future. HIV and Aids are can be controlled, with proper medication, and a healthy lifestyle. It is not too late for you to take control of your life, and start living again.

My Dog Ate My Homework

Today, I had a bad day. I tried to buy life insurance, but I was sent all of this homework to fill out and it made me sick with anxiety. I tried filling it out, but when I was asked if I had any pre-existing conditions, I was stumped.

Hemorrhoids didn’t seem serious enough to mention, and the ADHD isn’t officially diagnosed. My memory isn’t what it used to be either. Why was I buying life insurance again? I put the paperwork down and took the dog for a walk.

After hours of worrying about my application, I decided to just do my best and fill out what I could. I couldn’t find it. Now, I’ve been known to put the milk in the cupboard and I’ve left the stove on overnight. I am always losing things.

My dog ate my homework.  Really.
My dog ate my homework. Really.

I checked under the bed, in every drawer and on every counter I could think of. I even checked the washing machine. I couldn’t find the homework from the insurance company anywhere. I need life insurance. I want my spouse to have financial security if I die before she does.

Plus, she was going to kill me if I didn’t get this application finished.

Then I found it, or a piece of it. Lying on the floor next to the dog’s food dish. A self-satisfied dog sleeping on his pillow nearby.

I did the only thing I could think of. I called the insurance company and said, “My dog ate my homework.”

Taking Steps to Live Longer

People, especially men, like to think that they are invincible. There’s something about testosterone that makes us believe we can fix the roof even though we’ve never climbed a ladder, repair the car even though we have no tools and play basketball better than the NBA players we’re watching on TV.

We also think we’re impervious to getting sick even though everyone is susceptible to disease and illness. Taking precautions, such as starting a vitamin regiment, can decrease your chances of getting sick, but nothing can make you immune.

It’s more important than ever to have health insurance, and this becomes ever more true as we age. Men and women should get regular checkups even when you feel healthy. For women, your chances of getting breast cancer increase significantly at the age of fifty. For men the threat of prostate issues increases, but many of us don’t get examined because of a taboo dislike of the examination.

Getting a prostate exam makes you no less of a man. In fact, being a man is about doing the right thing even when you don’t want to. The American Cancer Society (ACS) now urges men over forty to get annual prostate exams, lowering the previously recommended age by a decade.

Prostate cancer is now the most common form of the deadly disease in the US. This is why the ACS has lowered the recommended age from 50 to 40. A few seconds, once a year can catch prostate cancer early when it’s easiest to deal with. People depend on you as a father, brother, son, uncle, friend, advisor, and provider. If not for yourself, get routine prostate exams for the people who love and need you.

Let's live a long healthy life!
Let’s live a long healthy life!