Bob Massie on Principles & Values
Overcame childhood hemophilia, hepatitis, and HIV
Bob Massie is an expert at overcoming hurdles in life. As a young boy he suffered from hemophilia and spent much of his childhood in braces, unable to walk. He contracted hepatitis and HIV after blood transfusions, \and needed a new liver to survive.
He's offered himself to the Massachusetts General Hospital for medical studies--the results of which ushered in a new era of HIV research. He's left little time for self pity. He writes about his journey from sickly child to international philanthropist
with grace and candor in his memoir, "A Song in the Night".
"My original title was `Surviving Hemophilia, HIV and Hepatitis.' It was so boring. I decided to take a totally different approach and tell five stories instead," says Massie.
When asked about the medical timing, Massie notes, "If I had been born earlier, I would not have survived. If I had been born later, I wouldn't have \gotten HIV. The medical care was good enough to keep me going, but flawed.
Source: Time Magazine on 2018 Massachusetts governor race
, May 15, 2012
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