PLANO -- Diane Reeve is a martial arts expert with several black belts. While she can fend off an attack, she couldn't fight off love when Philipe Padieu swept her off her feet.
"Along came a handsome Frenchman. We fell in love, I was with him for four and a half years. However, I caught him cheating," Reeve told NewsFix.
Soon after, that's when the real fight for her life started. Diane became ill and found out one of Padieu's many other girlfriends tested positive for HIV.
Diane's doctor confirmed her fears.
Reeve found out there were at least a dozen other women infected with HIV by her ex boyfriend. She says his reaction to the women he infected was a surprise.
In 2009, prosecutors were able to convict Philipe Padieu of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and sentenced him to 45 years in prison. All the while, Diane was tracking the details writing her book --Standing Strong: An Unlikely Sisterhood and the Court Case That Made History -- not knowing how much time she had with her kids or grandkids.