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Author Topic: A Reason To Hope ...  (Read 2735 times)

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Offline wellington

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A Reason To Hope ...
« on: July 19, 2006, 12:44:04 AM »
I'm pretty new to these forums, having just learned my status in February of this year. What a great resource this place is, not only of info related to HIV but also for the sense of community it imparts. I've been reading and re-reading for the last few months, cramming as much information into my head as I possibly could so that when I visit the doctor, I'm as armed and ready as possible. It's starting to pay a dividend.

Since my diagnosis, I began meds almost immediately following my first blood work and struggled with PCP and significant weight loss which almost killed me. My CD was 45 and VL 280k.

Today, I received news that my VL, in just 4 short months, has dropped to undetectable and my CD is 110 and climbing. I know I'm not out of the woods just yet but I feel like I could lift a house right now.

I'd like to thank those who post to these forums for providing such frank accounts of their lives - both the bad and good. It's been in reading your comments that has helped me to keep my head above water and to put one foot in front of the other each day. ;D

Offline joemutt

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2006, 12:48:27 AM »
Congratulations Wellington, it's always good to read this kinda news,
Keep on truckin' :)

Offline Lisa

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2006, 12:51:48 AM »
I'm glad that you are doing well, and invite you to stay with us for a while.
Thanks for your kind words.

Lisa
No Fear  No Shame  No Stigma
Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you have.

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2006, 12:52:44 AM »
Your results very closely mirror mine from 1996.  I nearly died from PCP in 1996, started meds immediately, have been undetectable since 1998.  I am very happy for you.  Have the best day
Michael

www.Commission-on-AIDS.org

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2006, 01:45:46 AM »
Way to go Wellington! This is awesome news. Your t-cells will get even higher next time, I just have that feeling! Glad to hear you are doing so well!
Positive since 1985

Offline frenchpat

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2006, 04:35:04 AM »
Well done!

I hope that good lab results and the positive vibes from people here will help you mend this broken heart ;)(your icon)

stay well

Pat
People have the power - Patti Smith

Offline David_CA

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2006, 06:26:49 AM »
Yea!  I hope that, whenever I start meds, I'm as responsive as you. 

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
You must be the change you want to see in the world.  Mahatma Gandhi

Offline Nadine

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2006, 06:32:58 AM »
Good going Wellington!

Offline DanielMark

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2006, 06:37:41 AM »
HI Wellington,

That's very good progress indeed! Glad to hear it.

Daniel
MEDS: REYATAZ & KIVEXA (SINCE AUG 2008)

MAY 2000 LAB RESULTS: CD4 678
VL STILL UNDETECTABLE

DIAGNOSED IN 1988

Offline Teresa

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2006, 07:40:36 AM »
Wellington,

Way to go...Thats great news!

Hugs
Teresa
Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
CD4:320
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)
 

Offline angels4kelly

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2006, 10:24:49 AM »
Hi Wellington,
I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU ;D
Peace,
Kelly
POSITIVE SINCE-10/1990
CD4-610
CD4%-29.3
VL-UNDETECTABLE
VIREAD,VIRACEPT, EPZICOM

MOST RECENT...
10/9/2006
CD4's-714
CD4%-30%
VL-Undetectable
DIAGNOSES POSITIVE 10/90
SAME MEDS, VIREAD, VIRAMUNE, EPZICOM.

SHOOT FOR THE MOON! YOU MAY MISS,
BUT YOU'LL LAND IN THE STARS :)

Knowing others is intelligence;
knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
 
Failure is not in falling down,
but the staying down

Offline aztecan

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2006, 10:33:45 AM »
Hey Wellington,
Those are some awesome results! It is always uplifting to hear good news like this. It is a really great way to perk up the start of my day!   :)

Keep up the good work and please keep filling us in on how things are going. It is news like this that really does give people "A reason for hope."

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline JohnOso

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2006, 11:33:49 AM »
Good going, Wellington.  Very glad to hear those lab results from you, and hope to hear nothing but onward and upward from here on out.

Take care,
John

Offline ACinKC

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2006, 11:43:01 AM »
You go man!  Great results, the Tcells will rise next time!  Show that virus NO MERCY!!!
LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline AlanBama

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Re: A Reason To Hope ...
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2006, 08:04:06 PM »
YAY Wellington, great news!

Those T-cells will climb, just be patient.

Hugs,

Alan
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

 


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