Committed to Love: A Woman's Journey Through Love and Loss

Committed to Love: A Woman's Journey Through Love and Loss

by Susan Lee Mintz

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Overview

“Committed to Love” is a deeply personal one. It details the many issues and experiences I had to confront and deal with in my twenty-five-year marriage to a bisexual man who succumbed to AIDS. The twenty-four chapters in this book range from his diagnosis on June 19, 1992, with AIDS related pneumonia to his death on August 17, 1994. Every aspect of my relationship with Dr. Jeffrey A. Mintz, both as my best friend of thirty-seven years and my husband of twenty-five is explored in explicit detail. The challenge of a marriage under these circumstances was to say the least, both chaotic yet most rewarding. My thoughts about love evoked images of champagne, roses, and chocolates. Yes, I had a lot of all of them in my marriage, but the reality and truth about my life with him was that the word love for me had always meant commitment, unconditional acceptance, and facing every problem with a solution even if I didn’t know what the solution would be.

It is in this particular area that I feel my most powerful impact. To say that my marriage was unconventional and that it was difficult is an understatement. But, I would do it all over again because my journey with Jeff provided me the opportunity to discover my own true definition of love. For in those twenty-five years, I was able to find my core, my strength, my faith, my hope, and my true understanding that I was chosen to love him. I was chosen to stay with him. And I was chosen to be able to watch him become the stranger in my bed due to the horrific devastation that his virus brought. To this day, I remain in my heart, Jeff’s wife, friend, caregiver, and devoted partner. My hope is that with this book, others may gather up the strength and fortitude to commit to their marriage vows before God first and then, commit to their marriage. May this book give you the understanding of how remarkably strong you can be and how capable you truly are when “Committed to Love.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986106378
Publisher: Purpose Publishing
Publication date: 07/21/2016
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Susan Lee Mintz is a baby-boomer, motivational speaker, author, lecturer and fitness guru from Troy, New York. She encourages and supports people by promoting wellness through diet, exercise, and "healthy choices." After the loss of her husband Jeffrey, Susan began searching for comfort and support which she later found through writing, exercise, cooking, and her faith. Susan still resides in Boca Raton, Florida.

Table of Contents

Preface The Journey Begins........................... 3
Chapter 1 Honeymoon in Spain........................ 15
Chapter 2 The Fear Factor................................ 25
Chapter 3 Choosing Celibacy to Protect Myself.... 35
Chapter 4 The Dreaded Diagnosis..................... 43
Chapter 5 No More Lies.................................. 53
Chapter 6 Why Me......................................... 61
Chapter 7 Is There a God?.......................................... 69
Chapter 8 The Frustration Factor..................... 77
Chapter 9 Personal Touches in an Impersonal Environment...................................
85
Chapter 10 Prioritize and Organize..................... 95
Chapter 11 Baby Steps...................................... 105
Chapter 12 Stability, Transitions and Plateaus...... 115
Chapter 13 Who Will Care for Me....................... 123
Chapter 14 Facing my Fears and Future as a Widow.........135
Chapter 15 Long term plans, Short Term Goals...... 143
Chapter 16 Jeff Comforted Me, I Comforted Him, We Comforted Each Other...153
Chapter 17 Frustrations, Setbacks and Disappointments...........................163
Chapter 18 Taking Care of Myself....................... 173
Chapter 19 Laughing Through the Tears.............. 183
Chapter 20 I Was Angry and Hated Myself........... 193
Chapter 21 Coping with Frustration and Fear........ 203
Chapter 22 What to Do When Nothing is Working. 213
Chapter 23 Letting Go....................................... 223
Chapter 24 Saying Goodbye.............................. 233
Chapter 25 Our Life in Pictures......................... 243
About the Author.................................................. 247

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