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tenzen:

--- Quote from: Fisher on February 09, 2013, 07:23:06 PM ---Ten:

The early days are really tough! Incredibly scary, uncertain and painful. 

But please trust.  Time heals.

At this point in time, how long you live has nothing to do with whether you are HIV positive or not . . . but how much "hrdra" heart and determination and diligence, in time and energy you chose to employ in the benefit of your continued survival!

Take your meds on time and as exactly as prescribed! And when you make small mistakes in timing or dosing . . . don't go nuts!  All is ok.

Accomplish that, excell . . . and then, like everyone else. . .

How long you continue depends on how long you want to continue . . .
and shit like genetics and sheer f'n luck!

You are fine and safe.

The early days are crazy!  But soon, you will be well on top of your life, once again!

Please trust!

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Thank you Fisher. I really am in tears right now, I'm just happy someone is talking to me. This recent diagnosis makes you feel like the loneliest person on earth, especially during the cold season. I just want to be able to live as long as I was meant to be without HIV, I have so many plans in my life.
It's good to read all these stories and see how supportive everyone is. There really is a purely positive vibe in these forums.

Fisher:
I'm just one voice, but we are tons and tons . . . TOGETHER!

You are safe and home.  I am sure others will welcome you with full hrdra (heart)when they log on.

IM me any time if you need to express or vent.

mecch:

--- Quote from: tenzen on February 09, 2013, 07:34:30 PM ---Thank you Fisher. I really am in tears right now, I'm just happy someone is talking to me. This recent diagnosis makes you feel like the loneliest person on earth, especially during the cold season. I just want to be able to live as long as I was meant to be without HIV, I have so many plans in my life.
It's good to read all these stories and see how supportive everyone is. There really is a purely positive vibe in these forums.

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You are a young person.  Who knows how long you were "meant" to live.
 
Who knows what science and medicine will develop 20 30 40 years down the road.  Who knows any of this?

The thinking these days is people in your situation, given access to medical care, can expect a normal life span. So the best thing is to just go about your plans as usual.  HIV isn't going to do you in anytime in your youth, your middle age, and who knows about your old age....

I hit fifty and theres one thing that seems unrelated to your situation, but then again, maybe it is. Since you are so set on being old and enjoying it, like a lot of people in your family, and since the science ALREADY says being HIV+ isn't necessarily going to prevent you from reaching old age - make sure you start saving some money for retirement in your 20s and 30s!  If you don't believe me, watch some Suze Orman.  Money invested when you are young really adds up to a lot when you are old!

And just plan on doing the things you always planned on... Until life blows you into a unexpected direction... Which is often does...

LoboDog:
Hey Tenzen,

Most people that I know live a long time with HIV. The people that run into problems now a days do so because of other factors. Often times they take drugs / alcohol and do not adhere to their prescription regimen. Another issue are diseases that compound with HIV into something really nasty (Hep C, or Siphilis). HIV is a set back to your system, and you are more vulnerable now that you have it. As long as you take care of it, you can expect to live a long healthy life.

Hugs man, stay strong.

Miss Philicia:
Has your diagnosis actually been confirmed yet?

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