In a long, wide-ranging article taking up three pages of Communist Party newspaper Granma, Castro, whose birthday was tomorrow, wrote about being stricken with a near-fatal intestinal ailment on July 26, 2006.
Same-sex marriage is illegal in Cuba, which in past has showed little tolerance for homosexuality.
President Hugo Chavez says he visited Cuba to celebrate the 83rd birthday of his close ally and mentor Fidel Castro.
Day in Pics: 17th September
Showbiz World - September 17, 2014
Aamir Khan's sensational 'PK' posters