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Author Topic: It is that time again  (Read 736 times)

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Offline aztecan

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It is that time again
« on: July 08, 2014, 01:23:57 AM »
It is July, the month of my birth.

More importantly, it is the month of my HIV diagnosis. It was 29 years ago this month I was told by a rather drab doctor at a clinic in Los Angeles that I "had it."

I celebrate this every year, which some people view as strange. I celebrate mainly because in July 1985, the doctor who gave me the news told me I had about two years to live and that I should get my affairs in order.

I remember the scene quite clearly. He (the doctor) never made eye contact. He stared at his clip board most of the time.

I was in my 20s, and, when he told me, I was scared, somewhat, but mostly numb.

All around us was death. There were no meds. AZT, the first approved med, was still two years away.

As an aside, March was also an anniversary, which I forgot to celebrate. So, i will now.

That was the month I began my first HIV cocktail - 17 pills a day.

So, today, no, not just today, but this month, I plan to celebrate:

* I celebrate outliving the doctor who told me I had two years to live. (I had no ill will toward him, but am glad to say I didn't die as he predicted.)

* I celebrate surviving 29 years with a virus that has led to the death of far too many people.

* I celebrate taking only three HIV pills a day, not the 17 I started with.

There is much for which to be grateful, so I will raise a glass, or several, of Pinot Noir in a celebratory toast.

HUGS,

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

Offline BT65

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2014, 03:58:03 AM »
Congrats Mark.  I remember taking that damn AZT every 4 hours around the clock.  Science has come a long way since those days.

Have a glass for me, will you?  Or two. And again, congrats! 
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline Tony123

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2014, 05:59:37 AM »
Congrats Mark. I am just a newbie but 29 years - wow! You see guys - it can be beaten. What an inspiration. 17 pills a day - eek! Unfortunately many many people have passed away but I am glad that there have been leaps and bounds made in medicines and that nowdays one just needs one pill a day - depending on circumstances.
Heres to another 29 healthy years to you Mark.

Offline mitch777

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2014, 09:01:42 AM »
Congratulations Mark! I hold up my glass with a toast you, well, it's 9AM so I'll hold up my coffee cup. It IS a milestone worth celebration! I will be doing the same in October. *clink clink*
31 years hiv+ (oct. 2013) with a curtsy.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2014, 09:03:46 AM »


There is much for which to be grateful, so I will raise a glass, or several, of Pinot Noir in a celebratory toast.

HUGS,

Mark

I will raise a glass with you Mark.( Of orange juice)     Toast ! You were diagnosed positive at this time in 1985, and I became HIV positive at this time ( July 4th week) in 1985. I Didn't test positive until October. I was treating a wonderful , milky,  penis discharge at this time back in 1985, and getting shots in the ass, and swallowing antibiotics.


Stay well ---Ray


Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline bmancanfly

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 10:41:01 AM »
Congratulations,  definitely something worth celebrating.   I hope there are many more anniversaries for you to come.
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt."

 Bertrand Russell

Offline Jmarksto

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #6 on: July 08, 2014, 01:00:35 PM »
Mark;


Congratulations and thank you for the post -- it is a nice reminder for me to be grateful too.


Thanks,
JM
03/15/12 Negative
06/15/12 Positive
07/11/12 CD4 790          VL 4,000
08/06/12 CD4 816/38%   VL 49,300
08/20/12 Started Complera
11/06/12 CD4   819/41% VL 38
02/11/13 CD4   935/41% VL UD
06/06/13 CD4   816/41% VL UD
10/28/13 CD4 1131/45%  VL 25
02/25/14 CD4   792/37%  VL UD
07/09/14 CD4 1004/39%   VL UD

Offline phoenix

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2014, 02:02:28 PM »
congrats Mark    29 years!  A toast (mines milk)  to many more.
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems but it will annoy enough people to make it worthwhile.                              The point of the journey is not to arrive.

Offline absopozilutely

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2014, 01:35:42 AM »
What a nice post to read, I was just thinking the other day about how people my age don't get this (24) and how will I love to see 50, etc and to read this now is beautiful timing. You do your damn curtsy, encore sir! You will never know you much this post meant to me. Thank you! I really just hope to outlive my parents, then I'm golden I pray everyday for that. My parents are only 46, 48ish so it concerns me.

Love,
Abso!
12/18 Infected
2/4 12:22pm tested POZ via ORAquick
2/19 WB Confirmation
2/4-2/19 VL 104,678 CD4 407
3/2 Genotype back, and Started Complera
4/2-CD4 688 38% and VL 1,600
5/1-CD4 592 42% and VL 336
5/22-CD4 732 31% and VL 109 :( STILL NOT UD!
5/31 Switched to Stribild :( I'll miss you Complera!
6/19 CD4 508 35% and VL UD!!!!! Crying at work like a baby.

Offline Jody

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2014, 08:28:35 PM »
Congrats dearest Mark and I for one am glad you are still here.  Hugs and hope to see you again soon.

Jody :)
"Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world".
 "Try to discover that you are the song that the morning brings."

Grateful Dead

Offline zach

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2014, 09:04:08 PM »
mark, there hasn't been a single constant in my life thats lasted 29 years.

well done sir

Offline tednlou2

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2014, 11:40:37 PM »
Glad you are here to tell your story and the stories of others. 

Offline wolfter

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Re: It is that time again
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2014, 03:24:34 AM »
Most excellent Mark.  It's almost surreal to think we're still around.  I loved the part about out living your doctor.  I too outlived the doctor who said I could possibly live to be 30 if all went well.

As bad as AZT was, we were fortunate to have it and tolerate it long enough to watch improvements to meds come forth. 
productivity breeds content

 


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