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Offline Sky

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Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« on: April 09, 2008, 01:29:51 PM »
As some of you know I've been positive for 5 years now.  Two years ago I decided that I wanted to turn a negative into a positive and started working on the requirements to go to nursing school.  HIV has brought forth the desire to help those in need.  Well here it is, two years later and guess what.  I graduate from nursing school in 19 days!!!  I refuse to let anyone tell me I can't do something because I'm HIV+ and for the first time since testing poz I believe that!  I have just accepted a position at the Mayo Clinic in the Medical ICU, the position I dreamed of my last semester of school.  I hope that everyone here is able to achieve some of their goals and I'm here for each and everyone of you if you ever need a shoulder to cry on or some support in achieving these goals.  I know I don't come here much, but that's mostly because of my living situation.  I live at home with my parents because of school and they don't know about my status.  Anywho, I just wanted to share with you all and hope it helps motivate those with dreams!

Charlie
Poz since 2003.

Offline woodshere

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008, 01:32:25 PM »
CONGRATULATIONS!!!
"Let us give pubicity to HV/AIDS and not hide it..." "One of the things destroying people with AIDS is the stigma we attach to it."   Nelson Mandela

Offline cayucosguy

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008, 01:33:11 PM »
Congratulations, Charlie!

I'm sure it wasn't easy, but you should be truly proud of yourself!  You are an inspiration.

Vince

Offline BT65

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008, 01:34:32 PM »
Congratulations Charlie!
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline David_CA

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2008, 02:13:45 PM »
Way to go!  When I read the line about turning a negative into a positive, I was kinda worried!   ;)  Conratulations on graduating / the degree and the job!

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
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Offline tag_man08

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2008, 03:28:52 PM »
That is great news.  I am continuing with my masters degree after finding out I was HIV+ eight months ago.  i graduate in a few months.  Remember that your dreams are not over yet...   KEEP DREAMING and continue with much success.
08/30/07:  The HIV diagnosis...
09/07/07:  CD4 299 (21%)  VL 160K
01/07/08:  CD4 396 (26%)  VL 125K
04/21/08:  CD4 478 (25%)  VL 92K
09/03/08:  CD4 313 (23%)  VL 10K
11/03/08:  CD4 338 (23%)  VL 30K
11/21/08:  Isentress & Truvada
12/05/08:  CD4 485 (29%)  VL  undetectable in two weeks
03/13/09:  CD4 575 (30%)  VL  undetectable

Offline Fabrizio

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2008, 04:01:38 PM »
Congratulations!
Worried and Optimistic Negative Partner

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2008, 04:17:44 PM »
When I read the line about turning a negative into a positive, I was kinda worried!   ;) 

David

You and me both!  What a wonderful achievement.  And now you are helping others.  You should be really proud of yourself.  I know I sure am and I don't even know you.
AA
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2008, 06:34:07 PM »
Charlie,

Congratulations. !! Wishing you the very best. You've got a great attitude, you will do well...


Take care-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline anniebc

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2008, 06:43:41 PM »
Hi Sky

That is wonderful news...congratulations..all your hard work will pay off and the rewards are well worth it.

Big hugs to you
Jan :-*
(Who misses her nursing career)
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Offline Basquo

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2008, 07:33:21 PM »
I told you before how much we need nurses, and now we have one more!  Congratulations! If you ever want to work in Austin, let me know, because I am the quirky-but-lovable-unofficial-something at my facility, and especially tight with the critical care folks here.

GO NURSES!!!

Offline minismom

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2008, 07:40:07 PM »
Congrats, Charlie!!!

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Offline Sky

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #12 on: April 09, 2008, 11:10:02 PM »
Thank you all for your kind words!  I'm very excited and can't wait to start my new job.  This whole nursing school experience has really given me a new outlook on life.  I just hope that I can help make a difference in peoples lives.  I plan on being around for a very long time and this is just the beginning.
Poz since 2003.

Offline komnaes

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2008, 11:18:40 PM »
Thank you all for your kind words!  I'm very excited and can't wait to start my new job.  This whole nursing school experience has really given me a new outlook on life.  I just hope that I can help make a difference in peoples lives.  I plan on being around for a very long time and this is just the beginning.

Wow.. such wonderful news! All the nurses in the HIV clinic I have met are all really fantastic and caring persons... wish you the best my friend
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline DCGUY2007

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2008, 12:21:32 AM »
Great news Charlie. Congratulations!!!!  :)

Offline Robert

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #15 on: April 10, 2008, 12:58:38 AM »
charlie....

this is such great news~   You've made us all proud.

robert
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Offline Roie

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #16 on: April 10, 2008, 01:16:13 AM »
This is wonderful, Well done.
GO Charlie GO!!!
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Offline StrongGuy

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #17 on: April 10, 2008, 03:51:01 AM »
Very happy to hear the great news!

Keep on trucking...

Mike :)
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"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 mjmel

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #18 on: April 10, 2008, 04:42:34 AM »
Charlie, I hope it's all you anticipated it would be
and congrats on landing a job before your graduation date. 
I hope the returns will enrich your life, enrich other lives
and also that you acquire some decent health insurance coverage for yourself, as well.

Mike

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #19 on: April 10, 2008, 07:19:16 AM »
Your Grace,

Matty the Damned has never harboured even the slightest doubt about the brightness of your prospects. :-*

MtD

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #20 on: April 10, 2008, 09:11:53 AM »
well done & much respect to you :)

kate

Offline Sky

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #21 on: April 10, 2008, 10:26:34 AM »
Thank you all so much.  It is my goal to ensure that HIV positive patients receive the same care as their negative counterparts.  There is even an HIV certification exam which I'm planning to take this summer. 
Poz since 2003.

Offline wishful

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #22 on: April 10, 2008, 10:43:43 AM »
That is wonderful Charlie...Stay encouraged! ;D
Live life to the fullest...

Offline heartforyou

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2008, 05:49:59 PM »
Oh Charlie....

I am so proud of you.. you are a true inspiration and you workde so hard for your degreee.

You will blessing for your patients and coworkers.

hug

Herman
Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2008, 05:52:35 PM »
CONGRATS!! your future patients will be lucky to have you
"If you keep one foot in yesterday, and one in tomorrow, you piss all over today". Betty Tacy

Offline richva

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #25 on: April 10, 2008, 08:06:55 PM »
That's awesome, Charlie!  Congratulations!
08/1989 Acquired
04/1992 Diagnosed
03/25/2008 (YUP - 16 years later!) CD4 336/21% VL 217,000; started meds
08/2012 - Alive, living! and doing just fine, TYVM (w/ props to my doc, insurance carrier and Complera. I remember every day that I'm a lucky boy.)

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Re: Exciting News! Wanted to share!
« Reply #26 on: April 10, 2008, 08:25:57 PM »
Congratulations honey!  I am so proud of you.   We love our nurses!

hugs,

Alan  :-*
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