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September 26, 2002

Albany- No one knows what it's like to live with a fatal disease, until it stares you in the face, and that's exactly what Rae Lewis-Thornton says happened to her.

At the age of twenty-three, she was diagnosed as HIV positive. Now, she has full blown AIDS.  Lewis-Thornton says that's exactly why she speaks around the country, hoping that something she says will help others avoid making mistakes that could be fatal.

Lewis told the audience she just got over an AIDS-related pneumonia that kills many people, but she says her disease will not stop her from loving herself and being proud of who she is.

Many students say their lives will never be the same, after listening to Lewis-Thornton's message, and it has made them re-evaluate their actions.

Lewis-Thornton says no matter what mistakes she has made in the past, she has no regrets, and she says if her life should end tomorrow, she hopes her legacy will live forever.

Rae Lewis-Thornton has appeared on the cover of many magazines, such as Emerge and Essence. She also received an Emmy award for her ongoing series about living with AIDS.

Posted at 5:00 PM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com