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Survivor: One Man's Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C

4.67 of 5 stars 4.67  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  5 reviews
On January 3, 1987, teenager Vaughn Ripley receives what seems to be a death sentence. A lifelong hemophiliac, he has been infused with tainted blood and is found to be HIV+. In this memoir, Ripley not only recounts his life living with severe physical ailments, but also details his fight to live. "Survivor" follows him as he receives his fateful news and examines how this ...more
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Published September 30th 2010 by
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ZaBeth  Marsh
I just finished Survivor: One Man’s Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C and my first thought after reading the last page was that you should never judge a book by its title.
Vaughn graciously sent me a free copy of his memoir to read. I put it in my to-be-read pile back in February of this year and then anxiously watched as it got closer to the top of my pile. Since I deal with my own blood disorder (I’m the opposite of hemophilic; my blood clots too much) and I’ve lost a dear friend and
Vaughn is an inspiration! I was fortunate enough to go to school with the Ripley brothers. I knew Vaughn was a hemophiliac and I knew he had AIDS. I know that made school tougher for him during the 80's but it never mattered to me. Being disabled by Cerebral Palsy myself. I know what its like to stick out because you are different. That being said: Vaughn carried a much bigger burden and he did it with style, grace, humility and I cannot leave out just plain GUTS....Bravo man! You ROCKED more t ...more
Tanya Hakala
I was totally torn on what to rate this book. Vaughn Ripley has lived an amazing life and shared it openly and honestly. The book was a fascinating and inspiring read that showed the best and worst of the man. With a stronger editor to help him craft his memoir, this book should have been rated 4-5 stars. (Yes, I am stingy with my five stars.)
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In Survivor: One Man's Battle with HIV, Hemophilia, and Hepatitis C, Vaughn Ripley expounds on the challenges he has faced as he has negotiated life on less than optimal terms. This book not only details the manner in which Vaughn and his loved ones have handled his dangerous condition of hemophilia, but also offers the reader a glance into the psychology of his dealing with diagnoses of HIV and hepatitis C, both contracted through the transfusions meant to save him.

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I live in the same town as Mr Ripley, but I can't say we have met (but odds are he's passed me on his bike while I've been out walking at some time)
This is a intense autobiography of someone who adapts when they have to but never gives up. I'm glad to have read this book. I've thought a lot on it in small ways since then.
It's well worth the read.
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Vaughn Ripley has been writing all of his life. Born in Washington D.C. in 1967, and raised in the D.C. metropolitan area, he is a professional database administrator. Born a hemophiliac he has wrestled with Hepatitis C, which he recently beat after enduring a yearlong battle with medicine. He has also fought and continues to fight for more than twenty-six years in a battle with HIV and AIDS. Vaug ...more
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