Best Person to Get You Off Your Ass

Therapist John R. Mace, Ph.D. has a personal story that's well worth telling. Soon after being diagnosed with HIV, he was told he had three days left to live. That was 11 years ago. After learning to accept his imminent death, he then had to accept the fact that he wasn't going anywhere just yet. He subsequently went back to school, ditched his flight attendant job, earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, and has since counseled boatloads of people back to a life worth living. "I have patients come in from Oregon and Canada," says Mace, who adds that he doesn't spend much time with his typical client. "I want them out living, not in my office."—Karla Starr

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