November 19, 2009

November 19, 2009
Longtime HIV/AIDS Activist
Howard Jacobs Dies

Thanks for joining me for another day in my life. Today is Thursday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you are having a safe and great one.

Still in physical rehab because of severe tendonitis in both of my arms. My right arm is slightly better but still hardly able to use my left arm. Thank goodness I am right handed. But because of the continuing tendonitis, I am not able to work out my upper body at all. Now if you do not regularly work out, you might not think that is a big deal. But as someone with long term HIV wasting, I have to work out to keep weight on. So I am worried that the longer I can not work out, the more weight I will lose and it is very hard for me to gain weight.

But enough about me. There are many who are much worse off than I. I also hate it when people go into pity parties.

Today I would like to talk about a long term activist and friend who is no longer with us.

Howard Jacobs, an HIV-positive AIDS activist and advocate for youth, social services and people living with disabilities, died November 11 from liver cancer, LGBT POV reports. He was 45.

Jacobs served as deputy for West Hollywood City Councilmember Jeff Prang for many years, continuing his services as a rent stabilization commissioner. He also served as chair of the board of West Hollywood–based AIDS service organization Being Alive.

“Howard was smart, sensitive, fearless and unyieldingly committed to everything he believed in,” Prang said in a statement. “He believed deeply in West Hollywood and left an indelible mark on policies and programs of this city.”

On a personal note, Howard was a great man who was always there for someone who needed help. There are so many people who owe Howard their lives and he will be truly missed.

Remember none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. So tell those people in your life whom you care about what they mean to you. Now! Before it is too late.

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab