The Author

Diane E. Johnson

My name is Diane E. Johnson and I live in Chicago, IL. with my husband, Lucius Johnson, Sr. We were blessed with three sons, Lucius, Jr., Carl, and Joey. In 1986 our oldest son Lucius, Jr., was diagnosed with HIV. By 1996, the illness had developed into full blown AIDS. The medications were relentless and changed like the wind. There were so many different medications, my husband an I could not keep up with them. Some meds were terrible on his digestive system and other medications made him sleepy. We were confused about what was working and what was not. Some of his doctor's visits were carefully recorded so we could follow the progress, if any.

By the beginning of 1996, we realized the medications were totaling up to 15 or more a day and counting. I was amazed at the personality changes, dementia, lack of appetite, fever, chills, and lethargic behavior he experienced. Unfortunately, on Oct 1, 1999, at the age of 33, our son Lucius, Jr., passed away.

With those days behind me, I only hope that I may be able to show others caring for a loved one with a long term illness, or just taking care of themselves, that keeping accurate health records is extremely beneficial. This record keeping allows the caregiver to give appropriate care in time of need.

After this difficult time in our lives, my husband and I realize that keeping a health journal was first foremost a smart choice. I have continued to keep a journal for my husband and myself for the last 13 years, and those records are invaluable.



Lucius R. Johnson, Jr.

"Love is stronger than death even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love. It can't take away memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death."