After a fairy-tale courtship in 1980s New York City, Maggie's young marriage shatters when her "perfect" husband - a star editor at the Wall Street Journal - is diagnosed with and dies of AIDS, leaving her with two young children in a city electrified by paranoia about the new epidemic. Devastated by his betrayal, Maggie struggles to protect herself and her children from stigma, keeping the circumstances of her husband's death a secret for nearly 25 years.
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My second child was born two days after Father’s Day in 1990. Three weeks later, my husband collapsed, disoriented and feverish, in a restaurant. Soon, he was lying in a hospital bed with full-blown AIDS.
"Losing a Father and Husband to AIDS, and Finding Him Again" is from the June 12, 2017 Health section of The New York Times. It was written by Maggie Kneip and narrated by Kristi Burns.
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