In December of 2004 Michael began his long journey with the HIV Disease. His mother Elizabeth, Momma Donna and Biological father Ted, and Maternal Aunts: Wanda and Rita took a place by his side; along with; many other friends, new friends, and caregivers. Through the last 12 years many things have occurred and many challenges has come and gone; however, one thing has been consistent: Michael's determination to LIVE. Many nights, medical battles, and twists along with turns have occurred. Many have commented that it is hard to know just how ill Michael is. The reason for this has been how up beat, cheerful, and happy Michael has been around others. However; what everyone rarely witnesses is the bad days Michael has. A great many of Michael's medical treatment team of 15 doctors and their staff and others have watched. As; yet, another warrior fights the battle to stay alive. The newest illness Inclusion Body Myocytis took Michael from a size 44 waist and 3x shirt size, down to a size 38 waist and a Large shirt size. The changes occurred rapidly as can occur with a disease of this nature. Most individuals diagnosed with Sporadic Inclusion Body Myocytis are over the age of 60. He is a rare case; having been diagnosed with this disease, at the age of 46. He was the youngest patient diagnosed with s-IBM by his doctors in the SW Missouri area at the time of his diagnosis. Another constant in his life has been his thirst for knowledge and a drive to help others. As illnesses and fatigue set in Michael has slacked off on his activity level; however, a new desire is taking root and Mike is going to try and do more in the future. Every life is a work in progress: some more than others. Michael has been lucky in that there are many others who have been through a whole lot worse.