I remember when…..

I remember when I was first introduced to AIDS. It began with a conversation at work. That’s back when I worked in the insurance industry and we had just discovered this deadly disease that would impact the health and life insurance industry in ways that could not be calculated. (Meaning that the industry would lose money….. as if!)

I remember people being terrified by AIDS The media (which did not run 24 hours a day) scared people poop-less! People became afraid of people. Those with AIDS were ostracized and humiliated regardless of how they got it.

I remember the first person I knew who died. It was a brutal death. it was horrible to watch his suffering, and I was sad for our loss but I didn’t get the disease from him.

And now there is ebola. Once again people are being terrified by the disease and once again the media is scaring people poop-less. And once again, I don’t plan on getting it.

People, let’s not become afraid of people. Let’s choose not to allow the media to scare us poop-less and let’s not humiliate those who have the disease.

Let’s remember the lessons that aids taught us and treat those who have this or any sickness with love, compassion, and respect while taking the necessary precautions to protect ourselves. You know the ones we should have been taking all along —- washing our hands, sneezing into our elbows (which is a new trick for this old dog who was taught to cover her mouth with her hands), not touching our eyes, and not putting our fingers in our mouths.

If you accidentally come into contact with someone who has ebola, the proper authorities will let you know. I know this because several years ago Hank and I went to our local hospital to pray for a little girl who was very, very sick. About three days after our visit the CDC showed up at our house with a bottle of antibiotics. They said that the little girl had a very contagious infection and we needed to take the antibiotics to protect ourselves. If they can find us in Gallup – they can find you where you are!

So…. no fear just love!