AIDS Memoir: Journal of an HIV-Positive Mother / Edition 1

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Catherine Wyatt-Morley, while refusing to play a victim, presents the physical, psychological and social reality of living with HIV/AIDS. Her story is one of love, faith and hope in the direst circumstances. Separating disease fact from fiction, she provides a rare view into an adverse world that must simultaneously be combated and embraced.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
After a hysterectomy in 1994, Wyatt-Morley was told that she had tested positive for HIV. A faithful wife of more than 10 years, and not a drug user, she had never before considered having herself tested. Her husband also tested positive; it was likely an affair of his that provided the opening for the "invasion of the enemy" of HIV into their lives. Reeling from the shock, Wyatt-Morley began negotiating the long, hard road of coping with insensitive and undereducated doctors, the double discrimination of being a black woman with HIV, fear of family disgrace, her husband's alcoholism, their rapidly deteriorating marriage and a variety of physical ailments. Told in diary format, this riveting story of one woman's journey through HIV infection is a roller-coaster ride of anger and faith, despair and hope, fear and, above all, lovea mother's love for the children whom she knows she will leave before they are grown, and the love of women who came together to help one another through the shared ordeal of living with HIV and AIDS. Since her diagnosis, Wyatt-Morley has founded a support and education group for women, spoken to health-care professionals and the public about HIV and AIDS and has made a video documenting women's experiences with the disease. Her diary offers a great deal of medical and political information about HIV and AIDSwith which, she says, "all humankind is either infected or affected." (July)
Library Journal
This powerful memoir by an average mom turned AIDS activist ranges from humorous (comments about a haircut from hell) to sobering (her account of the progression of her disease and the demise of her marriage). Wyatt-Morley is middle-class, middle-aged, educated, religious, and HIV-positive. Her journal entries document her transformation from a typical, healthy mother of three to a single parent fighting both HIV and the system. And there is a lot to fight. Being a woman of color, Wyatt-Morley found that most AIDS resources do not address her needs, concerns, or fears. However, she helped create her own networks and support groups and took charge of her health. Running through the text are poems by Wyatt-Morley and others. One in particular, Sherry McMillan's "I Am AIDS," is alone worth the price of the text. Recommended for AIDS and African American health collections.Lee Arnold, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565490673
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Wyatt-Morley is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition. Ms. Wyatt-Morley has served on the Tennessee Community Planning Group (TCPG) and the Adult AIDS Clinical Trial Group (AACTG) and Community Constituency Group (CCG), Washington D.C., for 4.5 years. She has a great concept of clinical trials and adherence issues faced by women. Ms. Wyatt-Morley also served on the Patient Care Committee while a member of AACTG.

In addition, national organizations including the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) and National Association of People With AIDS (NAPWA) are two community-based organizations familiar with her work. Her many media events include a CNN Live studio interview "Women and HIV/AIDS", MSNBC in-studio live interview and a large variety of national/local radio interviews. The National Register of Who's Who honors her in their 2002 edition. Ms. Wyatt-Morley has been inducted into the "Women's National Hall of Fame" for her volunteer outreach efforts in HIV/AIDS education.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Susan Ford Wiltshire; Foreword by Karen B. Stevenson; Introduction; 1994; 1995; Some Questions to Ask Yourself; 1996; Afterword by Ian Mayo-Smith

Appendix 1) Some Statistics on HIV/AIDS and STDs; Appendix 2) Fact and Fiction about HIV and AIDS; Appendix 3) Resources

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