In 1990, I was diagnosed with AIDS. I went on disability from my job as a theatre professor. I was hospitalized several times and came close to death more than once. While on disability, I participated in AIDS advocacy work at the local and national levels. With love, support, and great medical care, I was able to return to full time work in 2002. The skills I learned in the AACTG helped me return to work, this time in research administration. I'm ready for work today, and glad to be alive!