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Offline AMG Coordinator

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A Special Invitation to AMG
« on: March 08, 2009, 12:09:24 PM »
I'd like to extend a very special invitation to all AidsMeds forum members.  Whether you've been around here for a while or not, you may have seen references to our annual gathering,  referred to as AMG.   

The location of AMG this year is scheduled to take place in Boston, MA August 5th - 12th and you are all invited!

There's still plenty of time to become involved in this years AMG. If your not familiar with the social event of the year visit http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=23826.0 for more information.

Ciao

Dennis
« Last Edit: March 08, 2009, 12:36:05 PM by AMG Coordinator »

Offline David_CA

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 12:32:19 PM »
I'll second what Dennis said about the AMG.  In fact, this will be our fourth... Montreal, San Francisco, Mexico City, and now Boston.  All have been great times with great people.  It's the one time a year I get to spend with my 'AM Family' in person.
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Offline RAB

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009, 05:05:40 PM »
I'll second David's second too.  (Beginning to need a degree to figure out the seconds!   ;))

This will be my 5th AMG and everyone of them have been memorable (snicker snicker).

So if you have to beg, borrow, or steal, (work the nearby corner?), please try to join us.  You'll have a great time.

RAB

(Who normally doesn't do sloppy seconds  ::)!)

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009, 06:59:26 PM »


Sure would be nice to attend AMG this year, but there's no way possible. Too many other priorities to take care of. This year we'll be spending it close to home.


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
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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


 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% 

  
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Offline HollyStar

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 09:39:27 PM »
I would like to attend. I have been out of touch with people for a long time, so I'm not sure how I would be able to interact with everyone, but I would like to be a part of this years event. I read about it every year and one year I was only three hours away from AMG but I chickened out, LOL. There is still a ways to go but maybe a miracle will happen and I'll be able to scrape some money together.
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Offline David_CA

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2009, 10:11:11 PM »
I would like to attend. I have been out of touch with people for a long time, so I'm not sure how I would be able to interact with everyone, but I would like to be a part of this years event. I read about it every year and one year I was only three hours away from AMG but I chickened out, LOL. There is still a ways to go but maybe a miracle will happen and I'll be able to scrape some money together.

Holly, depending on what airport you'd leave from, you may be surprised at how cheap flights can be.  SFO seems to have the cheapest flights.  Check out www.sidestep.com for flights from all airlines.  Even if you don't book through them, it's an easy way to find good flights.  As to wondering how you'd interact with others... unless you're some kind of unsocial freak with absolutely no sense of humor (the weirder the better, I must say!  ;)), you'll fit in just fine.  I can't think of many who haven't fit in.  With a very few exceptions, attendees have had a great time, or we wouldn't keep going back!  Remember, we were all new to an AMG once!

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 aztecan

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009, 11:55:36 PM »
I must agree. It is a really fun time, a great way to get to know the AM family, and to just let your hair down.

This will be my fourth AMG. I have to say, I have fond memories from all of them - and a few embarrassing photos of myself.

If anyone can make it, please do.

HUGS,

Mark

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Offline Pozzie_AK

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2009, 11:47:48 AM »
For someone who hasn't been to AMG -- can you let me (and others) know what happens during these events?  Thanks!
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

Offline David_CA

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2009, 12:38:09 PM »
For someone who hasn't been to AMG -- can you let me (and others) know what happens during these events?  Thanks!

Now that's asking a lot, as so much goes on!    :D  I'd recommend reading through some of the threads in the AM Gatherings forum.  You'll find where we've decided on social events, outings / group trips, a few pictures (most are not posted here due to ownership issues), and memoirs.  Oh, and some of us even get married!  You'll find a bit of grumbling and heated discussion in that forum, but that always seems to disappear once the time for AMG nears.  Don't let that dissuade you, though.  I think the fact that so many of us travel from all over the US and from around the world and do it again and again says the most.  Personally, the two of us go on one big vacation per year; our last three vacations, and the upcoming one in August, will be to AMG's.

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 pozniceguy

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2009, 12:48:37 PM »
I have been to the last two AMGs  and am planning on going to Boston...I would like to chime in here and pitch a little to those who can help provide some support for the members who are really strapped for cash...every year there is a fund provided by generous people to help out some folks who could really use a break but just don't have the resources......people have donated cash,  transportation, and room shares...all are welcome...the Grants committee evaluates  those who have asked for support and provides as much as possible to the requestors.....even if you cant attend  but can spare a nice donation please contact the  GRANTS committee and donate whatever you can.... this is a very good event..allows you to meet and mingle with those friends you made on the forum.....has been a really fun time  and Boston has so much to offer..  please HELP ....

Nick
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Offline RAB

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2009, 04:16:18 PM »
For someone who hasn't been to AMG -- can you let me (and others) know what happens during these events?  Thanks!

Hey Jon

As David already mentioned, it's kind of hard to detail everything that goes on, because so much does go on.

Here's a couple of links  to some of the previous AMGs and what we did:
Montreal http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=222.0,
San Francisco http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=14595.0, and
Mexico City http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=21463.0.

AMG is primarily a social gathering, but it's also a lot more.  I hope you give some serious thought to joining us--I can virtually guarantee you won't regret it.

RAB

(Who hopes the links work cause he doesn't really know what he's doing.)

Offline Basquo

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2009, 10:00:47 PM »
Boston will be my 4th AMG as well. Last year 7 of us got an early start on the flight from Dallas to Mexico City!  But it's not just about a party, even if it's primarily a social event. I've made some tremendous friends on this site and have brought a couple into the group.

This by no means describes my total experience with AMG, but I was proud to see this in print last year:

http://www.poz.com/articles/postcard_from_the_edge_2201_14804.shtml

Jan and Curtis are coming to Boston, and hopefully Alan and Mike, too; and of course the fine folks who have chimed in above, as well as my partner Santi who joined us in Mexico City last year.  One year we invented our own cocktail, which although a drink, seemed fitting since we all met on "AIDSmeds."

Best,
Creighton

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2009, 01:26:42 PM »
Last year was Mim's and my very 1st AMG.  I can't begin to tell you how much it meant to me.  From the minute we stepped out of our cab at the hotel to the second we stepped back in to our cab for our trip back home, we were surrounded by some of the best people that this world has to offer. 

I learned a lot about myself and about my daughter on the trip.  She's a strong little booger who inspired me all the way to the top of the world's 3rd largest pyramid.  I thought I'd have to carry her, but her will and determination ended up carrying me. 

If anyone has a chance to attend, I can guaruntee it will be something that you'll never forget.  You will be blessed beyond your imagination.

Mum

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2009, 10:17:57 PM »
Bump

Offline Dennis

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Re: A Special Invitation to AMG
« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2009, 11:42:39 PM »
There's still plenty of room at this years' AMG in Boston!

 


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