When I was diagnosed in 1988 with HIV, I thought it was a death sentence. The Olympic Games were only six months away and I had to make the decision whether to train or lock myself away and wait to die. The choice to train for the Olympics was a decision I didn’t come to lightly. Once that decision was made, I listened to my doctors and religiously took my AZT. Thank God I did. My decision paid off. I won two Olympic Gold medals and was able to reclaim my championships from the previous Olympic Games. But even while celebrating my success at the Olympics at 28 years old, I honestly didn’t expect to see my 30th birthday.
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