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Offline so2014

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Support Groups
« on: February 04, 2015, 10:47:54 AM »
Hi-I was dx in Nov 2014. I am doing fine but mentally some days are hard. I don't know if this makes sense to anyone but me-> I feel lonely but not alone. I have great friends and family to lean on. I have told some and while they are supportive they really don't understand. I was thinking about joining a support group where I can meet people in the same boat as me. I was wondering if anyone has found them to be helpful?

PS-This forum is great and thank you for being a part of it. I have learned a lot from all of you.

Thanks,
Sean
11/6/2014 HIV+
11/7/2014 CD4 375 (16%) VL 400K
11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
2/11/2015 VL 24

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2015, 10:51:55 AM »
Welcome to the forum Sean . I have used support groups over the years and it has helped me to get through some tough times so good on you for seeking the support you need .

In late July many of us forum members will be meeting up for a week in Memphis and you are welcome to join us . Look forward to hearing more from you .

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2015, 10:56:13 AM »
Thanks Jeff! How can I learn more about the meet up in July?
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Offline Jeff G

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2015, 10:59:06 AM »
There are several threads about this years AMG and you can read about them here Ö its mostly all of us picking the location and then a hotel Ö we always have a great time and people come as far as New Zealand and Australia to attend .
http://forums.poz.com/index.php?board=12.0

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2015, 08:11:07 PM »


   Hi  Sean , nice to meet you  :)

    The highlight of the Month is going to my support group .

    It's a nice  selection of people  with HIV / AIDS .

    We have a pot luck system , often there are speakers  that provide

     good knowledge of HIV , drugs , plus any issues one may have .

    Support groups are a life changer for me .  I hope you check one out .

    Hope to see you at The AMG  in July

                                                    Carl
" Live and let Live "

Offline so2014

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2015, 11:38:40 PM »
Hi Carl,

Thank you for the welcome and your feedback on Support groups. I think I need the extra support right now and I am definitely considering the AMG. It would be great to meet all of you. I have been reading the forums as a guest since I found this site in Dec. It has made a difference as well for me. 

Sean
11/6/2014 HIV+
11/7/2014 CD4 375 (16%) VL 400K
11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
2/11/2015 VL 24

Offline areobe

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2015, 08:13:51 AM »
Hey Sean!
Nice to meet you.  If support groups are an option for you it sounds like something to definitely check out. I live in a very small town and this forum as become somewhat of my adopted support group.  There are some great people here, but nothing beats face to face. Hope you find all the support you need.
Robert
03-Dec-2014 Dx'ed HIV+
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03-Dec-2014 Began Atripla
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Offline so2014

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2015, 12:04:10 PM »
Hi Robert,

Thanks for your response! I understand the small town situation. The closest group is about 45 mins away and that was a big reason I was curious if anyone found them useful...  I really appreciate all of you on this forum and it is indeed a great support system :)

Sean
11/6/2014 HIV+
11/7/2014 CD4 375 (16%) VL 400K
11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
2/11/2015 VL 24

Offline initforlife

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2015, 06:23:01 PM »
Hi Sean. the support group I went to was one the is held 50 miles away from my house. and Like Carl said it was nice meeting other hiv+ from my area. I was nervous as heck going at first , but Carl and Bob meet me outside before we went in and made me feel right at home. The group even fed me some good food too. all were very nice. only thing I hate now is that i'm moving and will have to start all over again on finding one where i'm moving.. anyway good luck poz people are some of the nicest people I have found. love them and this site.
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Offline so2014

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2015, 12:15:02 PM »
Thanks for responding initforlife! I have to admit I am nervous about going. I am introverted too so that is causing me some anxiety. But I really need to go and meet other HIV+ people face to face. 

Sean
11/6/2014 HIV+
11/7/2014 CD4 375 (16%) VL 400K
11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
2/11/2015 VL 24

Offline so2014

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2015, 04:01:37 PM »
I made contact with the Support Group and I am going next week. I'll keep you posted. Thanks for your insight Jeff, Carl and initforlife. :)
11/6/2014 HIV+
11/7/2014 CD4 375 (16%) VL 400K
11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
2/11/2015 VL 24

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2015, 07:42:00 PM »
Let us know how it goes!   8)
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Offline so2014

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2015, 02:14:50 PM »
Thanks Robert! I will do :)
Sorry I accidentally left you off my list of Thank you list :(

I wish I had created a user account earlier because all of you are so supportive and helpful :)

I got my blood drawn today for VL test. I am really hoping for UD. Wish me luck.

Sean
11/6/2014 HIV+
11/7/2014 CD4 375 (16%) VL 400K
11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
2/11/2015 VL 24

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2015, 03:28:27 PM »
Hey Sean! No worries.

If your VL in January was 75, my money is on UD this time.  Fingers crossed.

Cheers,
Robert
03-Dec-2014 Dx'ed HIV+
03-Dec-2014 CD4 18
03-Dec-2014 Began Atripla
09-Jan-2015 CD4 189

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2015, 01:56:27 PM »
VL 24---Soooo close! Almost there!
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11/7/2014 CD4 375 (16%) VL 400K
11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #15 on: February 17, 2015, 02:07:41 PM »
24 is the same clinically speaking as "undetectable" so you are, in fact, already there.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2015, 02:32:00 PM »
Thanks Miss Philicia!  8)

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11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
2/11/2015 VL 24

Offline areobe

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2015, 04:10:14 PM »
You did it!  8)
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Offline so2014

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2015, 05:12:20 PM »
Thanks Robert!  ;)
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Offline osric

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2015, 09:55:27 AM »
I hope you do find a support group that works for you.

I've had lots of psychiatrists, therapists, and doctors along the way, but it was being able to talk to people who have lived with this disease and survived despite it that really made the most difference in my life.

This forum is a great place, too -- there's lots of love, wisdom, and humor in these posts.

Offline so2014

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Re: Support Groups
« Reply #20 on: March 02, 2015, 02:55:30 PM »
osric,

Thanks so much for your reply. I am definitely trying to attend the support group! They canceled a couple of meeting due to the weather and I have some scheduling conflicts for upcoming meetings. I am however very interested on attending mostly thanks to everybody's feedback.

-Sean
11/6/2014 HIV+
11/7/2014 CD4 375 (16%) VL 400K
11/25/2014 -Started Stribild
1/7/2015 CD4 656 (??%) VL 75
2/11/2015 VL 24

 


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