"...if I had [as] much courage [as Charlie], I would change the world.
this day is the first day of the rest of CharlieÃ¢ÂÂs life as a free man.Ã¢ÂÂ
Martin Sheen speaks as a father filled with pride and love for his son, Charlie Sheen, who showed a true act of courage on the Today show this week as he shared his HIV positive status with a worldwide audience.
"I am, in fact, HIV positive. ... It is a hard three letters to absorb."
Martin recently spoke at an event at the Ritz-Carlton resort in Naples, Florida. His words reflected his affection and support for his son:
"When someone comes to them-self, they have the moment of clarity, and they reveal their secrets Ã¢ÂÂ which all of us have Ã¢ÂÂ in public, it is a great sense of relief. It is a miraculous occasion. This morning, as I watched him alone, reveal his deepest, darkest secret, I couldnÃ¢ÂÂt believe the level of courage I was witnessing, and that it was my son..."
Martin also went into how the decision to do the segment on the Today show was not easy for him:
Ã¢ÂÂHe had been leading up to this sort of story for several months, and we kept encouraging him to do it [...] [a]nd he kept backing away and backing away because it was like going to his own execution, I guess.
It was the most difficult thing heÃ¢ÂÂd ever done."
Martin even said he'd go on with Charlie for support, even though Charlie thought it better to do it alone:
Ã¢ÂÂI saw him Saturday night, my wife and I went to see him, to make sure he knew we were behind him, and if he wanted me to go, I would have canceled this event. He said, no, this was his and his alone.Ã¢ÂÂ
Both Charlie and Martin appeared alongside one another in 2010 for a fund-raising event in Toronto for those who suffer from AIDS. More than $1 million dollars were raised for amfAR, an international non-profit organization for AIDS research, AIDS public policy, and the education and prevention of HIV transmission.
Charlie found out his positive status around four years ago, although he is not exactly sure how the disease was passed on to him. Charlie has spoken about his early symptoms:
Ã¢ÂÂ...crushing headaches and insane migraines and sweating the bed, completely drenched two to three nights in a row.Ã¢ÂÂ
Charlie also commented:
Ã¢ÂÂIÃ¢ÂÂm a survivor. IÃ¢ÂÂve been up, IÃ¢ÂÂve been down, IÃ¢ÂÂve been rich, IÃ¢ÂÂve been poor. ItÃ¢ÂÂs another chapter in my life,"
There's definitely no stopping the Sheen!