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Offline tom

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finding support from my age group
« on: September 10, 2006, 02:45:56 AM »
Howdy everyone,

I've been feeling kind of down lately about myself and this has rehashed the thought that I should try to find a support group (mostly spurred on by my parents). I don't disagree. However, I am desperately trying to find people who are closer to my age and position in life. I'm 19 (soon to be twenty in a week), gay and I've known of my status for what is soon to be a year. (Not exactly the birthday present I wanted...but thats another story)

I'm not trying to age discriminate and I've had discussions with incredibly helpful and friendly people over 25 but it's hard to share and experience, treatment, emotional effects and the awkwardness of this all at my age.

I'm afraid I cannot do this alone anymore. Right now I really do feel like I am stuck in some odd stage in life where I can't identify well with people my age or people older than me either.

Anyone have any recommendations?
Tom

Offline Mouse

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Re: finding support from my age group
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2006, 02:52:06 AM »
Get out of my head. lol

It's not age discrimination at all. I think most people understand that stuff is different when you're younger. Like - with pretty much EVERYTHING. I've noticed it a lot. I am really close to a lot of people from this forum but they're all obviously a lot older than I am (I'll be 16 at the end of October). And while there is seriously a lot of stuff I can relate to them about there is just as much (or, maybe even more) that I can't. It's the same thing but in an entirely different situation and it's tough to compare. So, I totally understand. It sucks.

I wouldn't know anywhere else to tell you to go, but there are definitely people here (me included!) that get where you're coming from.

Offline IzPoz

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Re: finding support from my age group
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2006, 08:34:50 AM »
I'm so sorry you are in the place you are right now.  I can understand how you want to find a group of people your own age.  It's natural!

Check with your local ASO to see if they offer anything for Young Adults.  I know here, I can look up the county website and search for HIV on their site, it will give me a list of organizations to contact.  So, perhaps your local health department?

Good luck, and don't feel a stranger coming here.  Many will open their arms to you... including myself!

Be well.
The reason angels can fly is that they take themselves so lightly. ~ Chesterton G. K.

Offline emeraldize

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Re: finding support from my age group
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2006, 09:04:41 AM »
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Offline LatinAlexander

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Re: finding support from my age group
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2006, 11:44:38 PM »
Welcome man!!! I am 25. And I understand you... But you know what? We are a very nice family here...I mean, I have spoken to people much older than me, and they are great!!!.... A BIG HUG FOR YOU

About creating aplace for young adults...Yep, I guess it's appropiate...

Alex
Poz since Jul 19 2006
Initial numbers : CD4-250 VL 3500
First labs after HAART (Dec 04-2006) : CD4-432 VL-<40 (Undetectable)  cd4%=25.11%
Started HAART: Combivir+Efavirenz Aug 26 7:38 pm
Feb 08 2007 - Gradually stopping HAART cause of Myalgia. Protecting Efavirenz. Stopped Efavirenz, ahead with Combivir....
February 17 Combivir stopped.
April 3 -07 : Started ddi+3tc+efavirenz...
Gay and positive (What a lack of Identity...:) )
Looking for my Ben....

Offline Eldon

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Re: finding support from my age group
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2006, 11:58:19 PM »
Hello Tom, it is Eldon.

First of all, I wish to extend to you a warm WELCOME to the forums. Here you will find understanding, encouragement, communications, support, fun, and many questions answered relating to HIV/AIDS. I too was in search for a support group and I found this site. Here is a great place to start, to add to your current support system.

I totally agree with Izpoz:

Check with your local ASO to see if they offer anything for Young Adults.  I know here, I can look up the county website and search for HIV on their site, it will give me a list of organizations to contact.  So, perhaps your local health department?

Again, Welcome! and Have the BEST Day!

Offline poobear

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Re: finding support from my age group
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2006, 12:39:16 AM »
HI Tom,
       Welcome to the forums.  I think Ann has a great idea about having a topic for young people.  I would like to say that I can relate as I was diagnosed in 1994 when I was 19.  It sucks because at 19 we are trying to find out where we fit in this world, who we are, what we want to do, relationships, and add HIV on top of it sucks.  Well let me say it another way,  HIV sucks period.  Being young and being HIV+ double sucks.  However I think you are in the right place. I  found AMG just recently, and so far I have heard from alot of great people.  And I am sure someone will read this and know how to contact the administrators and see if a new topic can be added for the younger people.  I wish you the best of luck and keep your head high your are in the right place.  Great big hugs to you.     Rachel

 


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