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I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir [Kindle Edition]

Regan Hofmann
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Book Description

For ten years, Regan Hofmann lived a double life. To the world, she was a woman from Princeton who went to prep school, summered in the Hamptons and rode Thoroughbred horses. She had a great job, a loving family and friends and looks that made men turn their heads. From the outside, she seemed to have it all. On the inside, though, coursing through her veins and weighing heavily on her mind, was the truth: that she was HIV-positive.

At first, Hofmann faced her mortality alone, shamed by a disease society considered the exclusive property of gay men, injection drug users and sex workers. Burdened by her secret, she withdrew from the world she once knew. Over time, though, Hofmann began to accept her mortality -- and HIV -- and reconsidered the way she wanted to live her life. After nearly a decade of silence, Hofmann did what she never imagined having the courage to do: she came out to the world about what she was going through.

Regan Hofmann not only has the courage to fight HIV and the debilitating stigma that surrounds it, but she writes about her experience with unflinching honesty and a deep affection for the family and friends who support her. I Have Something to Tell You is a memoir of disease and survival, and an inspiring account of a life driven by a sense of purpose and a search for love in the face of the unthinkable. More than anything, it is a story that reminds us that while life can change in an instant, we each hold the power to decide how we use the time we have. With humor, vitality and an unquenchable passion, Regan shows us a life fully lived.

Editorial Reviews


"This is not the life Regan chose. But it is a life she has embraced with courage and passion." -- New Jersey Life


"Insightful and inspiring." -- Kenneth Cole

"Extraordinary."-- Landon Jones, former managing editor, People magazine

"This is not the life Regan chose. But it is a life she has embraced with courage and passion."-- New Jersey Life

Product Details

  • File Size: 1844 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1416598596
  • Publisher: Atria Books (September 22, 2009)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002OTKEG0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,840 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I hope everyone will read this touching and compelling memoir.
It will affect you in many ways and remind all of us of how
necessary it is to be informed, compassionate and active in
helping to fight this major health issue everywhere and every
way that we can - together. I especially hope all mothers will
read this and start a dialogue with their children and with each
other. I am very proud to be Regan's mother. Nancy Cosentino
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Inspiring Story September 20, 2009
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I loved this book. The author contracted HIV through an unprotected heterosexual encounter. She writes movingly of her initial diagnosis all the way through her role as a proud spokesperson who educates people about HIV/AIDS and fights the stigma associated with it. Be warned - the book pulls no punches about the physical and emotional trauma of living with HIV. Ms. Hofmann's refusal to accept her diagnosis as a death sentence makes this an inspirational story indeed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-Read for Every Walk of Life September 28, 2009
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This is a truly readable and gripping account of one young person's struggle with a terrible, life-defining disease and the stigma that goes with it. It is an engaging view of a life before and after coming to terms with HIV, and the defining life's work that comes out of it. This is a book that every parent should read and require their children to read, and every adult who thinks AIDS is under control in this country should read and pass along to others. It is beautifully written, is eminently readable and is a keeper for any personal library. Kudos to a brave and admirable young woman.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely Personal Insight to the Epidemic October 13, 2009
Regan Hofmann's story is one that anyone impacted by the AIDS epidemic will find interesting, insightful and educational. She writes with an easy clarity and compelling courage, telling her story with frankness and humor. The book is a fast read, although some of the most emotionally intense parts demand a rereading to absorb fully the impact of what she has experienced. The narrative alternates stylistically between that of a diarist, an educator and a confessional; each contributes to creating a picture of a woman who lived with an intense secret that was itself a risk to her health, that when burst open was done so with a stylish exuberance and healing relief. Ultimately, she finds the power of service to others, as an AIDS educator and journalist, to become a necessary and fulfilling part of her HIV treatment. Hofmann's story is powerful, especially in its ability to reach women who may think themselves immune to the risk of HIV.

Regan was once POZ's "Anonymous" columnist, secretly embedded in the society of New Jersey's horse country and reporting to POZ readers what others say about people with AIDS when they don't think any such person is within earshot. Today she is the magazine's editor-in-chief.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crucial To Understanding the Complexities of HIV/AIDS September 23, 2009
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This memoir of a young woman learning that she's HIV positive through heterosexual sex is wrenching, powerful, inspiring, and informative. The author writes with searing honesty about being given a death sentence when she was in her late 20's and how she has coped and wrestled with the disease and all its complex issues. In the years since that diagnosis she has faced the demons and become an eloquent and effective spokesperson for how imperative it is for all of us to become informed about HIV/AIDS and to learn to speak about it honestly and openly. I had to read this book in small sittings in order to absorb the roller coaster ride of her medical and emotional journey and to get a grip on the statistics and hard facts of this global epidemic. Read this book and pay it forward. Pamela Parsons
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Positive Woman October 15, 2009
Regan Hofmann was just 28, still recovering from the hurt and disappointment of a divorce, when she noticed a lump in her groin. Though she was close to her family, she didn't share the doctor's diagnosis with them for several months. She struggled alone as she tried to come to grips with what seemed an obvious death sentence: she was HIV positive.

Yet this memoir is not the story of a dying AIDS victim. There's a new generation of people with HIV, people who are taking the pharmaceutical "cocktails" that make it possible to survive and manage the illness. Certainly she was forced to confront mortality, but as time went on and so did her life, what Hofmann struggled with most was the stigma and fear associated with HIV. She lived for nearly ten years in the closet, with only her closest family members, and medical personnel, aware of her disease.

She had been a freelance writer/editor with a promising career, but for more than a year she stopped working and retreated into self-imposed isolation. Telling family and friends that it was post-divorce depression, she held on by a thread as she came to grips with this blow. She waited for the end.

It chills sympathy a bit to know that Hofmann didn't worry about the rent or the groceries. When at last she confided in her immediate family, no one was concerned about the medical bills. In fact, she moved back home with her two horses, and her parents provided for her while she devoted herself to long rides in the New Jersey countryside. Meanwhile she agonized over the secret of her infection.

Her reactions may seem a little overwrought for someone with virtually no symptoms, and a life of privilege. Many people with AIDS have greater challenges.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely & rare
Recommend to all schools for kids to learn the truth about HIV and AIDS. Beautiful and moving in ways they surprise.
Published 6 months ago by John Ramos
4.0 out of 5 stars A heartwrenching memoir
Anyone who has suffered through devastating news about their health will appreciate this book. Regan Hofmann captivates the reader with first hand accounts of fear, loss, and... Read more
Published on March 6, 2013 by Jonathan83
4.0 out of 5 stars Poinient Story.
Very long but book but the author is very good at her writing and tells the story with great detaill and fludity. Read more
Published on July 19, 2012 by D. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars True Inspiration
I just read this book. I learned from her story. She is an amazing lady and truly deserves the love of her life. I would like to know if she is with Keith. Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Bella
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful & inspiring
Regan Hofmann contracted HIV when she was in her late twenties and newly divorced, at a time when that diagnosis was often a death sentence. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Courtney
4.0 out of 5 stars I have something to tell you: A Memoir
It is a great book dealing with emotions of having HIV, my daughter was diagonsed when she was pregnant with her son. Read more
Published on June 12, 2010 by S. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Arrived on time, as promised- in good condition,, nicely wrapped - good price

Ms Hoffman's interpretation of her life leaves something to be desired but that's not the... Read more
Published on April 5, 2010 by Robert Quinn-oconnor
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put this down
What an amazing read! This book caught my attention because I've reflected on how my friends & I lived our carefree lives 10 years ago. Read more
Published on March 7, 2010 by nctmac
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outrage
I couldn't put this book down! Regan Hofmann shares her journey of learning that she is HIV positive, facing what was initially a death sentence alone, and then living for a... Read more
Published on October 24, 2009 by Sherry L. Barr
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The only thing that kept me reading this book is that I felt the author really had something to tell me. Read more
Published on October 23, 2009 by Sheere
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