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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-02-08 11:39 AM
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7. My cousin Marty, our treasure, our joy.
Edited on Tue Dec-02-08 11:42 AM by hedgehog
What do I say about the rest of his family who all died a little bit when he did (including myself)?

We're not a family that keeps track of death anniversaries, but it must have been around this time of year. I fell to my knees and screamed from the pain when he died. I thought I'd accepted his death, but I'm crying now.

We were all so ignorant then. I never met his partner, and never knew his name. When my daughter came out, the one thing I begged her was not to move away from us. Back then, my cousin moved to another city and everyone pretended not to know he was gay.

My cousin's husband. He'd been in a terrible traffic accident and received transfusion after transfusion. He died about a month after his first attack of pneumonia. I never met him since they lived so far away, but he left behind a wife and child. She is HIV positive, but the drugs have kept her alive to see her child grow up.
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