Though Sharkey was stunned to see her, she says, he invited her inside.
In the hospital the onetime motorcycle enthusiast, confined to a wheelchair but wearing a Harley-Davidson bandanna wrapped around his head, called out to Nanas, “Hey, let’s go for a ride!
Monica—who says she doesn’t know how Sharkey’s other lover knew of her diagnosis—angrily filed her lawsuit. What’s more, Nanas now says, he and Sharkey had known for several years that Sharkey was infected and chose to keep it quiet.
Over time, the siblings become closer with Casey guiding Rusty through the inner workings of the Greek world.
Casey grows more selfless and courageous, often sticking her neck out for the sorority or for one of her sisters in need.
A recovering alcoholic and former cocaine user (Monica has attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings since the mid-’80s), the Englewood, N.
J., native was looking after her health with exercise and proper nutrition. “Your career will be ruined.” In the first weeks after the test, Monica says, she was confused about how she could have contracted HIV.
She says she had been involved with two men before meeting Sharkey. ” He had been repeatedly tested, he declared, and die results were “fine.” In July 1991 just when they had begun looking for an apartment together, Monica began to feel ill. “I was getting weaker, and my head felt like it was about to explode.” She checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was diagnosed with a near fatal bout of aseptic meningitis, an inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. “It was like wailing for a death sentence,” says Shannon von Roemer, a friend who accompanied her to get the results: once again, positive.