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Author Topic: One year down........  (Read 1512 times)

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Offline racingmind

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One year down........
« on: September 11, 2007, 04:34:06 PM »
well this past weekend marked the end of my first year since diagnosis....It was strange. I tried not to dwell or mark the occasion, but I did reflect on how much my life has changed.  Looking back it was a pretty rough year emotionally.  I am proud of myself for getting through it.  I hope each year gets a little easier....
Tested Negative: 5/06
Tested Positive: 9/06 
9/06: CD4: 442 (28%) VL: +100,000
10/06: CD4: 323 (25%) VL: 243,440
11/06: CD4: 405 (28%) VL: 124,324
12/06: CD4: 450 (29%) VL: 114,600
1/07: CD4: 440 (27%) VL: 75,286
3/07: CD4: 459 (30%) VL: 44,860
5/07: CD4: 353 (24%) VL: 50,852
7/07: CD4: 437 (29%) VL: 39,475
9/07: CD4: 237 (32%) VL: 372,774
10/07: CD4: 324 (27%) VL: 115,454 
Started Atripla: 10/07
11/07: CD4: 524 (?%) VL: Undetectable!
2/08: CD4: 653 (35%) VL: undetectable
5/08: CD4: 822 (40%) VL: undetectable
8/08: CD4: 626 (35%) VL: undetectable
12/08: CD4: 619 (36%) VL: undetectable
3/09: CD4: 802 (38%) VL: undetectable
7/09: CD4: 1027 (43%) VL: not tested
10/09: CD4: 1045 (43%) VL: undetectable

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: One year down........
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2007, 04:54:47 PM »
And why not have all your feelings and dwell and also appreciate that you've made it through a challenging year, and here you are! And since you are HIV+, we're glad you found your way here to our site.

Look, you've come through. Cheers to you and just keep chugging along!

Andy Velez

Offline Blixer

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Re: One year down........
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007, 12:58:20 AM »
I'm running about 8 months ahead of you.  I'll say the first year is rough... mine was very rough, particularly on the emotional side as you describe.  But I think it gets better.  I think you adjust.  I don't think about being positive daily.  I went on meds early so I have my daily pills... but even that that, I find I go full days sometimes and the fact that I'm poz is only a passing thought.  Life goes on and it can be good.  Just take care of yourself and be aware of what is going on in your body.

You have made it through one of the most difficult times.  That's not saying it is easy from here on.  But congratulations on making it though year 1!
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline Longislander

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Re: One year down........
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007, 01:03:11 AM »
Hey Racingmind, congrats on making it through the 1st year!! It is a tough one.

I'm about to mark the 2nd year since I was infected next month, and life is pretty good now ( of course, except for the HIV).

I wish you the best~

infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
9/06   507/16,000 30% !          2/08  516/116k/22%    7/10 906/80/39%
12/06 398/29000 26%             Start Atripla 3/08
3/07   402/80,000 29%            4/08  485/undet!/27
4/07   507/35,000 25%            7/08 625/UD/34%
                                                 11/08 684/U/36%

Offline BT65

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Re: One year down........
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2007, 07:53:58 AM »
The first year is probably the hardest emotionally.  Glad you're taking care of yourself.  Just feel whatever you're feeling and keep going.
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Offline HealthyMomma

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Re: One year down........
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2007, 10:16:03 AM »
One year down and many more to go!  ;)

Offline StrongGuy

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Re: One year down........
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2007, 11:02:41 PM »

Wishing you many many more to come...
"Get your medical advice from Doctors or medical professionals who you trust and know your history."

"Beware of the fortune teller doom and gloomers who seek to bring you down and are only looking for company, purpose and validation - not your best physical/mental interests."

"You know you all are saying that this is incurable. When the real thing you should be saying is it's not curable at the present time' because as we know, the great strides we've made in medicine." - Elizabeth Edwards

Offline Life

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Re: One year down........
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2007, 11:42:36 PM »
Oh God I hope I never have a year like that first year!!  FUCKING SUCKED!!   

Congradulations on the Emotional Brain Overload test or EBO...  It is now concluded and you passed! 

I truly hope it gets easier for everyone of us...  Hope is a good thing..

Go out and do something nice for youself..... You deserve it...



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