Spring/Summer 2013 Promise magazine
Dean Thullner finishes up a call with his contractors. They want to reschedule some work that could have delayed the launch of his new salon (which officially opened in April 2013). It’s the type of workday problem he couldn’t have imagined 20 years ago. That’s when Thullner’s doctor told him he had HIV – and perhaps only a few months to live. Understandably, his outlook on life took a turn for the worse.
“I gave up,” says Thullner. Fear, depression and exhaustion led to a serious breakdown, prompting Thullner to seek help at St. Paul’s Hospital – not just for the treatment of the physical effects of the virus, but for the mental effects as well. “Through their counselling and guidance, I turned my life around,” he says.
Angela White, St. Paul's Hospital Volunteer