In 1987, Nina Blackburn was a stay-at-home mom who was scared that someone with AIDS in a pool could put her children in danger. Today, she apologizes if anything she said hurt Mike and his family. "If he was here, I'd give him a big hug because I know he had to be really, really scared. I'm glad you were there with him," she says.

Nina says she wished her community had shown more compassion 23 years ago. "Trying to put yourself in their place and understand what they were going through—not just him, but the family as well," she says. "We all have some kind of tragedy."

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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