“You cannot underestimate the tragedy and horror of living with AIDS,” says Rothschild. But he has also come to believe that science has taken huge leaps forward because of research with AIDS. His triumphant life-story is grounded in a knowing that every moment in life counts. “When you believe every moment counts, there is acceptance and not resistance.” Rothschild’s book, Signals: An Inspiring Story of Life After Life (Publishers Group West 2000), is an amazingly true account of a skeptic who learns, through his partner’s death, that there is far more in heaven and earth than the human mind can begin to comprehend. His story is one of awakening, transformation and an abiding faith, all the while dealing with a monstrous illness.
In 1986, Joel Rothschild was given less than three years to live. Today he is one of the longest living AIDS survivors in the world. He has volunteered, assisted and worked with terminally ill people for more than two decades, as well as working pro-bono as an AIDS activist.
Topics Explored in this Dialogue:
- How to discover a deep inner faith when facing the worst situations
- How you can live fully by facing your mortality
- How a small group of people can make huge changes
- Why birds symbolize spirit and a time of healing
- When to accept the dichotomy of physical limitations and stay connected to the divine
Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 7/24/2001 Program Number: 2888