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Author Topic: One year down  (Read 986 times)

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Offline AaronbytheC

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One year down
« on: May 31, 2011, 02:57:24 PM »
Is it wrong to say Happy Anniversary?   :P

It's hard to believe it's been a year since my F'd up life got even worse, but here it is...  

One year later and life is better than ever.   ;D

Not that I would wish this on anyone, but I really think HIV saved me.  I know that sounds strange, but it forced me to decide do I want to live or die.  A year ago I was completely out of control and headed in the wrong direction on just about every level of my life.

I'm thankful for those people who helped me navigate in those first few months.  Not only the people who I had direct contact with, but those of you who posted about your good days and bad.  The ability to read and relate really helped motivate me.  Honestly the support on this board from complete strangers is overwhelming.  

Now I hope everyone has a fantastic day!  ;)
« Last Edit: May 31, 2011, 03:03:28 PM by AaronbytheC »
04/2012 CD4 721 / 29% / VL UD
02/2011 UNDETECTABLE!
12/2010 CD4 587 / 24% / VL 210
11/2010 Started Atripla
10/2010 CD4 420 / 18% / VL 13,500
09/2010 CD4 541 / 17% / VL 10,500
08/2010 CD4 498 / 18% / VL Not Taken
07/2010 CD4 307 / 18% / VL 9,500
06/2010 Confirmed Poz
03/2010 Infected
06/2009 Neg

Offline bmancanfly

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Re: One year down
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 03:07:56 PM »
Glad you're doing well.

Happy Anniversary!
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

 Bertrand Russell

Offline AlanBama

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Re: One year down
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 03:56:22 PM »
Celebrate those milestones, honey.   They are definitely important, and as time moves on, they will become even more important to recognize.

Congrats !

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 WillyWump

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Re: One year down
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 03:56:43 PM »
Happy AIDS-A versary!


I can totally relate to your post

A year ago I was completely out of control and headed in the wrong direction on just about every level of my life.

This was me 4 years ago, then I became POZ and today I am no where near where I was then, I am a much better person in so many ways.

Anyway, Glad you are doing well

-Will
POZ since '08

Last Labs-
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%
8/9/12, CD4 not taken, UD.
2/13/12, CD4- 904, UD 42%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
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Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: One year down
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 04:18:27 PM »
It's hard to believe it's been a year since my F'd up life got even worse, but here it is...  

One year later and life is better than ever.

Now I hope everyone has a fantastic day!  ;)

That first year is a 'doozy' but glad to see that you are in a better place now.  Thanks for the wish for a fantastic day (I did my part to make that happen).

Offline Joe K

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Re: One year down
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2011, 05:57:51 PM »

Not that I would wish this on anyone, but I really think HIV saved me.  I know that sounds strange, but it forced me to decide do I want to live or die.  A year ago I was completely out of control and headed in the wrong direction on just about every level of my life.


What a great post and it's great that you are doing so well after only a year.  I also hope you realize that HIV did not save you, rather it presented an opportunity for you change your life and that is what you chose to do.  HIV deserves no credit here, everything you have accomplished is because of you and who you have decided to be.   
Life is what happens, when you are busy making other plans.

Though you may be only one person in the entire world, to one person, you may be the entire world.

I wish to become half the man, that my dog thinks I am.

Remember me with simple acts of kindness and I will live forever.

Offline woodshere

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Re: One year down
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2011, 06:07:24 PM »
Congrats!  It's good to see posts like this, that show a person can get on with their life!!!
"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 Assurbanipal

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Re: One year down
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2011, 06:43:06 PM »
Happy, with a new sense of purpose, and undetectable...

You should celebrate!

Glad you are doing well.
Assurbanipal


5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

Offline Raf

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Re: One year down
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2011, 07:43:26 PM »
Congrats! At least you see this damn virus as a (forced) opportunity to improve yourself. In my case, I cannot say that. It's been 3 years since my Dx, and hell, my clock seems to have stopped that day. I sincerely I cannot tell if I improved something this whole time.
Dx: 05/14/2008
Latest HIV Meds combo I've been taking:

Kaletra + Combivir (since 05/16/2008 - today)

Offline WillyWump

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Re: One year down
« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2011, 07:47:48 PM »
everything you have accomplished is because of you and who you have decided to be.   

LOVE this. Excellent.

-Will
POZ since '08

Last Labs-
6/25/13 CD4- 1036, UD,
2/4/13, CD4 - 489, UD, 28%
8/9/12, CD4 not taken, UD.
2/13/12, CD4- 904, UD 42%

Current Meds: Prezista/Epzicom/ Norvir
.

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: One year down
« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2011, 07:49:38 PM »
Congrats Aaron on the progress you have made -
May you continue to grow in life (and my wish for that to happen would be the same for you whether you had HIV or not  :)  )

I am grateful that I have for the most part always been of the frame of mind that says to find the silver lining in even the darkest cloud - I  guess I believe in that saying "if life gives you lemons, make lemonade."

Keep on keepin' on!
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

 


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