Grant Miller shares his story of being diagnosed with HIV and AIDS in the early 80s, being told he had about 6 months to live. As he talked about the negative stigma and rejection that went along with being HIV+, combined with a non-supportive family, his story brought tears to my eyes twice during our conversation. He talks about a time when he really believed he had nothing to live for, yet there was the small quiet voice in him that guided him to keep going. For anyone who has not walked in these shoes, this episode provides great insight into what so many men in our community have lived through. This is how one very brave man overcame unbearable shame so he could stand proud and truly love himself.
Grant has been an elementary school teacher for 29 years.