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Offline J.R.E.

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Our 26th Anniversary !
« on: July 27, 2006, 12:18:53 AM »
Hi Everyone,

Today is our Anniversary. 26 years ago today,in 1980,( which happened to be on a Saturday,) I met Ed. We arrived about the same time that Saturday evening, into the parking lot of the local bar in Clearwater,Fl, and walked into the bar at the same time.

When I first met Ed, he kind a reminded my of Robby Benson ! We hit it off, right off the bat. He was such a good looking guy back then,AND STILL IS !! I have to confess, it was not an easy relationship to maintain, especially after I was diagnosed positive in 1985. Ed is negative. That first year and a half, was a very tough period of time, for both of us. But, we managed to work through things, and are still together this day !We have always been able to communicate. The time has flown by. I guess we were about 29 years old when we met, we will both be 55 years old( young), toward the end of the year. It has been a wonderful relationship, he has been there to support me through the best and worst of times, and myself for him, and we both continue to live our dreams.I often wonder where I would be if he wasn't in my life... I really love him, he is one special human being, lover and friend. He knows what I am thinking, before I think it, and I know what he is going to say, before he says it :), that is really knowing someone !! :)

We have been doing so much around the house lately, we didn't get out tonight. We had lunch out today, and we're going to go out and have a wonderful dinner tomorrow, May have some champagne also, to celebrate the occasion !


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



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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 12/10/14,  t-cells are at 350,  Previous 8/25/14--- 402/ Viral load remains <40

 Current % is at 13% / Previous 8/25/14 11%

  
 63 years young.

Offline Eldon

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2006, 01:03:19 AM »
Hello Ray it is Eldon. I just wanted to say that relationships do have their ups and downs. The beautiful part is when you learn how to communicate and gain an understanding of one another.

Congratulations! and I wish you (2) two many more years together as a team!

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2006, 01:21:17 AM »
Congratulations. You two should be proud! Wow, what a milestone! I hope you have many more happy years to come. You lucky SOB I have always had a major crush on Robbie Benson LoL.
Positive since 1985

Offline fearless

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2006, 01:35:57 AM »
Congratulations Ray,
That's so sweet.
Here's to 26 more.
Ed is a lucky man.
Little Steve
Be forgiving, be grateful, be optimistic

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2006, 01:46:33 AM »
CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Offline OzPaul

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2006, 02:01:20 AM »
Hi Ray

Wow that's wonderful !! Congratulations. You are both so blessed to have a love that lasts and flourishes. I'll say a toast to you both tonight.

Cheers
Paul

Offline anniebc

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2006, 03:13:01 AM »

How lucky you both are to have each other...I hope you have many more good years to celebrate.

Hugs to you both.

Jan :-*
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Offline Nadine

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2006, 06:04:52 AM »
WOW...26 years! That is really something to celebrate!

Congratulations to the both of you!


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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2006, 07:45:19 AM »
Congrats and best wishes to both of you. Good luck with 26 more!

Cheers,
Andy Velez

Offline Alain

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2006, 08:43:27 AM »
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« Last Edit: November 03, 2006, 08:20:37 PM by cowandalehouse »

Offline RAB

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2006, 08:58:54 AM »
Ray

Congrats to both you and Ed!

Pop the cork on the champagne and celebrate what must be one of your proudest achievements!  Best wishes for many many more years together.

RAB





(Who is a kleptomaniac!  Sorry Nadine!  :-[)

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2006, 09:06:11 AM »
CONGRATS!!! Cheers to many more happy years

Offline Teresa

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2006, 09:12:57 AM »
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

WOW 26 yrs!! Heres wishing you and Ed many, many more anniversaries!

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

Offline Lwood

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2006, 09:15:03 AM »
WOW !! 
"Fortunately, I Keep My T Cells Numbered For Just Such An Emergency"
  -Either Foghorn Leghorn or Johnny Cash

Offline Lisa

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2006, 10:10:40 AM »
How wonderful. 26 years speaks volumes about your love, and commitment to each other.
(If I had caught Robbie Benson, I would still be pretty happy too ;D )
Congratulations to both of you. I hope you enjoy a great celebration of this milestone.
Happy Anniversary Ray, and Ed.
No Fear  No Shame  No Stigma
Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you have.

Offline Robert

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2006, 10:47:18 AM »
Congratulations Ray....

It takes a lot of hard work and committment and character and love but it's worth it, isnt' it?

what a milestone!!

robert
..........

Offline ademas

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2006, 11:55:31 AM »
Holy Moly.
26 years!?!?
That's nothing short of incredible.
Congratulations, Ray & Ed!
xox

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #17 on: July 27, 2006, 01:17:13 PM »
Happy Anniversary Ray and Ed!

Congratulations, I hope you celebrate !

Love,

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

Offline JohnOso

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2006, 01:30:05 PM »
Ray,

I want to add my "Congrats" to the mix also. 

Happy Anniversary,
John

Offline krakerjm

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2006, 01:35:47 PM »
HappY Anniverary!  Robbie Benson?  To each his own; he was pretty.  26 yrs? wow, are ya'll lesbians??? ;D  Hell my longest was 5 yrs and many so called relationships, just not interested anymore...
GWM, 63, PN w/footdrop
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Offline MSPspud

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2006, 02:36:24 PM »
Happy Anniversary, Ray!

Offline tnboy

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #21 on: July 27, 2006, 03:53:55 PM »

  Wow! 26 Years is something to Shout about! :)

    Hope you guys have a Great Day and an even better evening! (he he)

  Cheers,
Mike

Offline randym431

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2006, 06:02:13 PM »
Happy anniversary Ray and Ed.
(Wedding bells???)  ;D

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #23 on: July 27, 2006, 06:24:46 PM »
How wonderful to have arrived at your 26th anniversary.  It happens to be the same date as when I first met the only love of my life-- Michael.  We met on this day in 1984 and were together until he passed away from complications of AIDS on December 29, 1993.  There will always be a hole in my heart that no one else can fill and I was thinking about that today.  However, news of your anniversary brought a smile to my face and the sincerest congratulations in my heart for you!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY....and may there be MANY, MANY more!

Gary  ;D
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

Offline whizzer

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #24 on: July 27, 2006, 06:28:01 PM »
WOW !!  26 years is quite a milestone.  CONGRATULATIONS

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #25 on: July 28, 2006, 04:21:29 PM »
Hi Everyone,

 I just wanted to come back and thank everyone, for wishing us the best on our 26th Aniversary. I wanted to reply last night, but with the situation that was taking place with Dan, I decided best not to. I am just glad that he is safe right now, and hope he gets the much needed compassionate care that  he needs.

 Once again, thankyou everyone, for your messages and thoughts !! We had a great day together, But then everyday we are together is a great day !! Now, I've got to get off line for a bit, there is one hell of a nasty storm brewing.  Later !!




 The Best----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 12/10/14,  t-cells are at 350,  Previous 8/25/14--- 402/ Viral load remains <40

 Current % is at 13% / Previous 8/25/14 11%

  
 63 years young.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2006, 10:34:13 PM »
OK Ray, you can spank me for being late with this!  ;D

A very, very happy anniversary. Let's face it, 26 years is a milestone and I have to admit, I am somewhat envious.

I hope you and Ed have many, many more good years together - and a toast of champagne!

HUGS,

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

Offline lydgate

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #27 on: July 28, 2006, 11:03:12 PM »
Dear Ray,

Raising my glass in a toast to you and Ed. Post some pictures of him so we can all ogle. And tell us/me your secret (I don't think I've reached 26 months in any relationship!).

Congratulations!

Jay
Her finely-touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

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Offline skeebo1969

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #28 on: July 28, 2006, 11:34:30 PM »


  Congrats!   You have been blessed to have someone so special to you in your life...

  Thomas
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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #29 on: July 29, 2006, 12:00:44 AM »
Happy anniversay to you and yours.....God Bless*
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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #30 on: July 29, 2006, 02:14:20 AM »

Absolutely beautiful Ray!!  Congratulations!!!

These posts give me so much hope :)

love,
brian

Offline Cliff

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #31 on: July 29, 2006, 03:21:24 AM »
26 years Ray!!! Wow.  I don't know how you guys do it.  But keep it up.

Congratulations and I hope for many more anniversary's to come!

So what do you give for the 26th anniversary?  Platinum or a concord jet....it's gotta be something nice (and expensive) considering most relationships don't make it that far.

Cliff

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Re: Our 26th Anniversary !
« Reply #32 on: July 29, 2006, 09:02:47 PM »
Hey Ray....

                  CONGRADULATIONS GUYS!  26 years...WOW!  I'm impressed with your love and committement to one another.  I pray you have many, many more together!  WOW! 26...That's impressive by any ones standards.

 :-* :-* :-*

  :-* :-*HAPPY ANNIVERSARY GUYS  :-*:-*
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Nov. 25, 1972- Oct. 15, 2004
I miss him terribly..........

 


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