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Author Topic: Still alive--just checking in  (Read 1184 times)

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Offline MarcoPoz

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Still alive--just checking in
« on: November 14, 2013, 09:44:05 AM »
Believe it or not, I'm still alive and kicking ;-)  Last labs were 3 months ago: cd4s--1150, vl: still undectectable (since 1996).

Last winter I was fired from my job at the state health department because of my involvement in efforts to de-criminalize our HIV disclosure law.  I also had the audacity to remind the state director, publically, that our local epidemic was extremely impacting men who have male sex partners, especially African American men who have male sex partners.  Seems HIV is 'ok' if we're talking about 'innocent victims' like children and women, but not us lying, disgusting men-whores. ;-)

I also challenged their efforts to violate our open-meetings act by making our HIV prevention and care community planning body, 'closed meetings'.

Anyway...took the firing as a relief and chance to re-evaluate.  I was out of work for 9 days.  I was hired to run a program that I actually helped write.  I now work exclusively with HIV positive people and provide any assistance I can in HIV disclosure issues, safer sex concerns, medication adherence etc., plus helping to keep them linked to medical, mental health, substance us care and any other services they might need--and we can get paid for.

I'm re-engaged, try to be useful, try to practice what I teach--try to listen above all things, and will shortly jump headlong back into HIV/AIDS activism.

Still dealing with several issues--none of them debilitating yet. 

Jst wanted to poke my head in, let you know that I'm still around, and thank you for all the support you give.


Offline wolfter

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Re: Still alive--just checking in
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2013, 11:26:10 AM »
Welcome back and congrats on your new position. 

Wolfie
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline bear60

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Re: Still alive--just checking in
« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2013, 03:11:05 PM »
Hi Marco
Take a deep breath....wow you are doing so well! You'll live to be old like me.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline Theyer

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Re: Still alive--just checking in
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2013, 11:42:09 AM »
Good to hear from you Marco , its been a busy time for you, so don,t be a stranger because it sounds like your going to involved in some interesting stuff.

Have you been able to keep up a training program , competing ?

And your health -----worries or niggles ?

Excellent numbers btw.

All the Best

Michael
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline aztecan

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Re: Still alive--just checking in
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2013, 11:43:43 AM »
Good to hear from you, Marco.

Sounds like the fates have you in their good graces.  ;)

Keep up the good work and remember to take a pause to enjoy each day.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline MarcoPoz

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Re: Still alive--just checking in
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 08:50:06 AM »
Thanks everyone,

And Theyer--yep--still training.  I'll be competing in Scotland in September 2014!!!!!

Offline Theyer

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Re: Still alive--just checking in
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2013, 09:55:11 AM »
Thanks everyone,

And Theyer--yep--still training.  I'll be competing in Scotland in September 2014!!!!!



I will dust off me pom-poms and gather your support group.

Seriously anything I can do to help , make sure you ask , great news.

"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline OneTampa

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Re: Still alive--just checking in
« Reply #7 on: November 19, 2013, 08:23:15 PM »
Great news Marco!
"He is my oldest child. The shy and retiring one over there with the Haitian headdress serving pescaíto frito."

 


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