Diverse Elders Coalition Blog

Doctor, Doctor: Changing Caregivers is Like Getting a Divorce

Doctor, Doctor: Changing Caregivers is Like Getting a Divorce

This article originally appeared in A&U Magazine. What do you mean, you’re retiring at the end of the year?! You can’t do that! We’ve been together for twenty years! You can’t just walk out on me like that! When you’re a long-term HIV/AIDS survivor and have been...
Facing Mortality Head-On

Facing Mortality Head-On

This article originally appeared in A&U Magazine. For a handful of months now, I’ve been contemplating a decision that I know many long-term HIV survivors have contemplated before me. Letting go. That is, I have considered going off my medications—all of them—and...
The First Loss is the Deepest

The First Loss is the Deepest

This article originally appeared in A&U Magazine. Every long-term HIV survivor on the planet has stories to tell about friends, lovers, co-workers, and/or family members whom they lost to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 90s. Anyone familiar with my writing...
The View From Down Here

The View From Down Here

This article was originally published in A&U Magazine. Around the first of April of this year, I began using a wheelchair when I leave the apartment. This was an inevitability that I resisted, fought off for as long as I could. Admitting that I need a wheelchair...
The View From Down Here

I Just Wanna Dance!

Honoring Our Experience, a social services program run by the Shanti Project, sponsors a series of REVIVAL dances to honor long-term HIV survivors in San Francisco. Hank wrote this piece for a talent show at the February 2018 REVIVAL dance and has graciously shared it...