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2 weeks since diagnosis, thought I'd say hello

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zach:
hey jon, welcome

i don't really have anything to add, just an observation on your name

lost?! really? cause you seem like you know right where you are, and where you're going. i know we all try to put on a brave face but you've got a solid handle on understanding your situation thats miles ahead of most recently diagnosed.

i don't think you're lost at all man.

emeraldize:
Thanks for the update, Jon. Glad your appetite's up and weight, too. January will be here before you know it.

lostinthecorn:
haha hey zach! couple of people have said the similar lol :)

So I guess to give a bit of background and my view on some stuff (hopefully it helps someone out)

I guess I came out around 1991 and at that point in time and where I was living my group of friends were very heavy on HIV/AIDS education and prevention... we'd talk about ACT-UP and go to Pride and participate as much as we could in the community.  I was always sort of one of those "wrap that rascal!" people/preachers back then (and still am I guess despite) and had always led a pretty careful sex life.  Something obviously went wrong along the way...but dwelling on that end of it isn't very productive so what's left but to look forward! I'm one of those people that once I'm drilling into a topic I'll learn all i can, makes me a good IT person too lol - but yeah education - whether it be about prevention or about moving forward from "D-Day+" - is so important I think.  Some doctors might seem annoyed if a patient is super educated about a given health issue, but I personally believe it's to an individual's benefit to know all they can... not necessarily to question decisions a health care provider might make, but instead to be able to ask intelligent questions and be a partner in the treatment/healing process.

I just consider myself to be very fortunate and am so thankful... finding this forum, having a supportive family, educating myself, and having health care folks that will answer questions and engage in intelligent discussion about options and my future have made all of this easier I think.

So, though I'm still 'new' here and haven't engaged in a lot of posting/chats yet, I do owe everyone here a "Thank you!" because just being able to read the stories, advice,etc has been more helpful than I could have ever imagined.  I only hope I, at some point, have the opportunity to be helpful for others as well like you have.

BTW: I have a picture and story being published in the next positively aware mag since "A Day With HIV" happened on my D-Day it seemed appropriate... you'll know it's me when you see the pic lol

Hope you're all doing well! :)

tednlou2:

--- Quote from: lostinthecorn on October 17, 2012, 01:34:17 AM ---BTW: I have a picture and story being published in the next positively aware mag since "A Day With HIV" happened on my D-Day it seemed appropriate... you'll know it's me when you see the pic lol

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I'll look for it.  Btw, how did you get hooked up with the magazine?  When is it coming out?

lostinthecorn:
They posted the online version I think today or within the last few days... but it says I'm in Kansas...lol which is close but not quite where I'm at ;-) On my d-day I stopped at the clinic where I would be seeing the specialists... just wanted to show my face and quickly say hi to the people i would quickly befriend and partner with for my treatment and they handed me a few of the poz-focused magazines.  There was an ad on the back of PA for "A Day" so I took a quick pic and sent it in.

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