Memories From My AIDS Years

by Margaret Lemberg



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/10/2019

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 318
ISBN : 9781796064797
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 318
ISBN : 9781796064810
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 318
ISBN : 9781796064803

About the Book

I remember people, places, organizations, and relationships from those years (1990-2000) when I was part of the Seattle AIDS community. I was a massage therapist. I was a friend. I was interested in learning about the disease and hoping to bring some comfort to people I met during those years. I was in transition in 1990. I had been working for my husband’s wholesale clothing business. I wanted something different and ended up going to massage school (1992-1992). I wanted to participate in the LGBT community. AIDS seemed like an important way to do this. I eventually left my marriage and moved to my own house (fall 1993). It is now 25 years since my friend John died of AIDS, having never dictated or written the story of his own life. I wish he had. He often said that he planned to tell his story. All I can do now is tell part of his story from the years I knew him. When I began thinking about writing his story, I also began to remember other people. I began to think about all I learned from those years. And I began writing. As I wrote, I remembered people living with AIDS and caregivers. I remembered theories and treatments. I would like to share these memories with others provide medical care for sick people (whether with AIDS or dying from other causes). I would also like to share with therapists and social workers, who help with practical solutions and emotional support.

About the Author

I was born in Winchester VA, while my Dad was away during WW II. When he returned, we moved to Ithaca NY as he completed his PhD. Twin sisters were born there. We moved to Seattle in 1949 when Dad was hired to teach in the history department of the University of Washington. Another sister and a brother were born there. I attended public schools in Seattle, Vassar College (2 years) and completed my bachelor’s degree (majoring in mathematics) at the UW. I later got a masters (special education) at the UW and began teaching in the Seattle Public Schools. I married during that time and my two children were born while I was a teacher. I switched from teaching to working in my husband’s wholesale clothing business. Later, I trained to be a massage therapist. I also volunteered among people with AIDS while working as a massage therapist. When arthritis ended my massage career, I attended Antioch University and got a master’s in counseling. I worked and volunteered at a mental health agency while also volunteering for hospice.