Mary Fisher is a celebrated artist, author and speaker who travels the world using art and advocacy to spread compassion and to empower those who share her HIV-positive status. Her vibrant, innovative artwork- including quilts, paintings, sculptures, and photographs- has been featured at galleries and museums around the globe and can be found in distinguished private and public collections. Her extraordinary life experiences, intimate photographs, and bold art have filled five previous books and are featured in several anthologies.Ms. Fisher has served on the Leadership Council of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS and as an ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Perhaps best known for her history-making speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention, Ms. Fisher went on to found the Family AIDS Network, a national advocacy organization that has since become the research-oriented Mary Fisher CARE (Clinical AIDS Research and Education) Fund. Through the ABATAKA Foundation, she enables HIV-infected women in Africa to support themselves and their families by creating jewelry that she designs and markets at Abataka.org. The mother of two young men, Max and Zachary, Ms. Fisher lives and works in Sedona, Arizona.
In this moving memoir, Fisher focuses her life story through the promise she made in that 1992 speech: ''I want my children to know that their mother was not a victim. She was a messenger.''
In a lively voice devoid of self pity and filled with surprising humor, Fisher tells her story as a woman of emerging strength and hope. ''In a gay, male epidemic,'' writes Fisher, ''I was a novelty: a dying Republican mother.'' Messenger proves that a ''novelty'' can grow into a woman of strength and wisdom; that a dying young mother can emerge from illness and depression with a convincing sense of humor and healing.
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