December 1st, 2008
07:55 PM ET

Erica's News Note: Reflections

Erica Hill | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Thanksgiving wasn’t the same this year. It was a wonderful day – my husband’s family was in town, and it’s rare we have everyone together more than once a year. It was a beautiful day here in NY; we took in our first live Thanksgiving Day Parade, enjoyed a wonderful feast and created new memories. We made up for lost time and were reminded how lucky we are to be blessed with a family we all like. Yet, I couldn’t help but think of Mumbai and the families forever torn apart by these senseless terrorists.

I take some comfort in the vigils being held worldwide, uniting people across oceans and continents, bringing together different faiths, united in one belief: the 179 people killed and the 300 injured last week in Mumbai should still be here.


December 1 is World AIDS Day…another good reason to reflect. Dec 1 was first set aside as a day to highlight the disease 20 years ago. The good news: Progress, and lots of it, on both the medical and social fronts.

There are now more than two dozen anti-HIV drugs, which have given those living with HIV an incredible chance at life. People around the globe have come to realize this is not a “black disease” or a “gay disease”, as so many thought years ago. That alone is an amazing and important step forward. But despite the advances in the past two decades, there is still much to do.

Like so many diseases, HIV/AIDS does not discriminate, which also means there is a chance you know one of the millions affected by this cruel disease. World AIDS Day is just one of the many ways people around the globe are keeping this disease top of mind. Many local communities have wonderful organizations who work with those affected by HIV/AIDS everyday – offering support, meals, medical help and hope… one of the most powerful medicines available.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Tammy, Berwick. LA

    My high school freshmen are reading Night right now. And today we discussed the attacks in Mumbai and how the hatred of the past can never be forgotten because unfortunately it is still happening in our midst.

    Thanks for remembering World AIDS Day and all of us affected by this disease. I lost my soulmate to this monster over ten years ago. Words are inadequate even now. I am so glad there is hope today where we had so little back then. One day it will simply be another horrible pandemic of our past. That's the wish anyway...

    December 1, 2008 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Annie Kate


    Thank you for reminding us of World Aids Day. I can remember when there was nothing that would help arrest AIDS and how it was a death sentence. I hope we get to the point where we not only have a cure but a vaccine to prevent this horrid disease.

    December 1, 2008 at 9:56 pm |
  3. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, Wa)

    Hellooo Erica.......
    That is so nice for your husband's parents come over your home to visit in NYC for Thanksgiving...... I had wonderful time with my family for Thanksgiving..... I love Macy's parade to see them on the street. It was so awesome to see my family! It was so good dinner, I love turkey and everything when I ate! Yes, It was so awful sight in Mumbai, India attacked last week.... my heart goes to India people who lost their love ones.......... My heart breaking so crushed for Mumbai people who hurt or killed....... I went to see online and on com.live from India, That was so deavestion for me to see so hard..... Erica, I glad you subbing for Anderson last Wednesday. It was so awesome to see you on anchor for Anderson! I will see you soon on blog and program.

    December 1, 2008 at 9:41 pm |