updated 12/28/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 12/28/1992 AT 01:00 AM EST
What Ashe has chosen is to "feel emboldened and empowered" by his illness. Although time with his photographer-wife, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, 41, and their 6-year-old daughter, Camera, gets priority, Ashe has plunged into the fight against AIDS. The Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS will begin dispensing funds next summer. "You come to the realization that time is short and these are extraordinary conditions and you have to step up," he observes.
So far daily doses of the drugs AZT and DDI have helped ward off infections. Depression is apparently not a problem. "If I ask, 'Why me?' about my troubles, I would have to ask, 'Why me?' about my blessings," Ashe explains. "Why me marrying a beautiful, gifted woman and having a wonderful child? I take the good with the bad, and I try to face them both with as much calm and dignity as I can muster."