My family and I held no hatred for those people because we realized they were victims of their own ignorance.
AIDS can destroy a family if you let it, but luckily for my sister and me, Mom taught us to keep going. Don't give up, be proud of who you are, and never feel sorry for yourself.
Because of the lack of education on AIDS, discrimination, fear, panic, and lies surrounded me.
Listening to medical facts was not enough. People wanted one hundred percent guarantees.
Rumors of sneezing, kissing, tears, sweat, and saliva spreading AIDS caused people to panic.
My name is Ryan White. I am sixteen years old. I have hemophilia, and I have AIDS.
Given six months to live and being the fighter that I am, I set high goals for myself.
This brought on the news media, TV crews, interviews, and numerous public appearances.
Entertainers, athletes, and stars started giving me support.
I was labeled a troublemaker, my mom an unfit mother, and I was not welcome anywhere.
We had great faith that with patience, understanding, and education, that my family and I could be helpful in changing their minds and attitudes around.
Financial hardships were rough on us, even though Mom had a good job at G.M.
People would get up and leave so they would not have to sit anywhere near me.
My studies are important to me. I made the honor role just recently, with 2 A's and 2 B's.
The school I was going to said they had no guidelines for a person with AIDS.
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