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R o n 's Well, another year got by when we weren't looking. I hope everyone is
O N feeling at least as well as they were last year. I know I am. I tend to do quite
a bit of self-evaluation at the end of each year. It started out as a concious
o o m effort, because it just seemed natural to assess my accomplishments etc. at
O M the end of the year. Nowadays, come late November/December, I find myself
in this appraisal mode, summing up my year without even trying.
As far as a year goes, 1991 was not bad at all. I know I'm in good
shape when I can look back and honestly have no serious complaints. As I move ahead I realize more and
more that life is nothing more than a series of choices. We enjoy the benefits of the good ones, and we learn
from the bad ones. In this light, and as long as we're in this ethereal state of mind, I'll give you a bit of my
hard-earned wisdom absolutely free of charge: The best decision I ever made was taking responsibility for my
own health. Many of you feel the same way, but do you ever wonder how different life would be if we hadn't?
I do, and the present alternative to using alternative therapies for HIV management does not excite me in the
I think I can submit to you, without fear of contradiction, that we would be facing a totally different
situation right now if we were depending on a plodding system to take care of us.
Granted, there probably are people who can temporarily tolerate the more mainstream
pharmaceuticals, but myself and many of the people I come in contact with everyday are not among them.
My bottom line is this: We are living longer and enjoying better health because we had the guts to stand up
and admit that our needs were not being met, and that we were going to seek quality of life elsewhere. A hard
choice, to be sure, but the benefits have vastly outweighed it. And if you think about it, it takes more to kill
someone with a stronger desire to live. The Chinese proved that centuries ago. Inner attitude has everything
to do with the immune system, and someone who accepts everything without question is probably not too
concerned with his/her health, immune system, or life--at least not concerned enough to find out exactly
what's going on.
So, I don't want us to have arthritic shoulders from patting ourselves on the back, but I do want us to
be constantly aware of the decisions we've made and how important they were and are. People who are not in
the know talk forever about what huge risks we're taking and blah, blah, blah. To that I say everything is a
risk. Life is a risk. And as we look back on another year of life they told us we weren't supposed to have and
move together into 1992, I have to say we must be doing something right.
Ronald D. Woodroof
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