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Offline kmac1

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New to these forums, but not to HIV
« on: December 20, 2006, 11:51:58 PM »
Hello all,

My name is Ken, and I've been HIV pos for about 13 years now. 

I guess I've been real lucky. 

I was infected either thru my first wife, or the few liasons I had after, before meeting my wife now, whom I have spent 12+ years with in a monogamous relationship.  We've had 2 children, 2 beautiful girls, who are 12 and 9, and are the love of my life.  None of them are pos, and the girls are getting close to starting to ask questions.

When I found out I was pos, it shook me to my core.  Life happens.

I had already helped bring 2 wonderful children into this world, and now I was SCARED, that I'd given them a death sentence.

I've been on meds, and off them.  Couldn't function on them when I had to take them.  So I quit them and went back to work. 

My doctor is just astounded, how I've been able to live as long as I have, without medication.  I just attribute it to drinking as much as possible, smoking the same, and just telling my body that it's just another "boo boo" that we'll beat. 

Thanks for allowing me to join these forums.  I can use the possibility of talking to people who are like me, have the same problems I do, and have found some solutions that I haven't.

Ken

Offline thunter34

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2006, 12:00:35 AM »
Hey there, Ken!  Welcome to our wonderful circus!  LOL

Boy, did you ever stumble onto something good!

Come on in!

~tim
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline joemutt

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2006, 12:21:07 AM »
Hello all,

My name is Ken, and I've been HIV pos for about 13 years now. 
 
My doctor is just astounded, how I've been able to live as long as I have, without medication.  I just attribute it to drinking as much as possible, smoking the same, and just telling my body that it's just another "boo boo" that we'll beat. 

 

Good luck with the drinking and the smoking.

Offline Teresa

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2006, 12:32:19 AM »


Its nice to meet you!

Hugs
Teresa
Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
CD4:320
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
Atripla (started it 8/24/06)
 

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2006, 12:52:59 AM »


   Hmmmmmmmmm.... Okie dokey then ::)

   How's the liver though?

   
   
« Last Edit: December 21, 2006, 12:54:50 AM by skeebo1969 »
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Offline poet

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2006, 06:39:58 AM »
Welcome Ken.  From your post, I hope that we can convince you to rethink not taking drugs, i.e. to coming up with a combo. which will not have the bad effects you went through before.  Certainly you will find lot's of threads in which men and women comment about how successful they have been on them.  We will, that said, allow you cigarettes and alchohol. :) Win
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2006, 08:12:55 AM »

Thanks for allowing me to join these forums.  I can use the possibility of talking to people who are like me, have the same problems I do, and have found some solutions that I haven't.

Ken


Hello Ken,

Welcome to forums !!! You'll find a great group of people here !!



Take care--------Ray


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Offline skeebo1969

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2006, 08:36:23 AM »


   Have your labs been good under said regimine?   Did you drink when you were on meds?   I'm with Poet on this....  A time for change is going to come eventually.   
I despise the song Love is in the Air, you should too.

Offline Ann

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2006, 09:09:33 AM »
Hi Ken, welcome to the forums!

Everybody's body handles hiv infection differently and having hiv doesn't mean you HAVE to live a certain way. We all have the right to make personal decisions that suit us and sometimes quality of life will win out over quantity.

I can't help but wonder if you were put on the meds back when the "hit hard, hit early" philosophy of hiv treatment was still firmly in place. I missed that era by the skin of my teeth, otherwise I'd be on and off meds now too. As long as your CD4s are in decent shape and you're healthy, I see no reason to fix what ain't broken.

It does frighten some of us to hear of someone who isn't on the meds and not toeing the "abstinence only" line where drink and smoking etc are concerned. Many of us have watched friends and loved ones ignore their health, but I don't get the feeling that you are doing that at all. I have a feeling that you don't indulge quite as much as perhaps your initial post might lead us to believe. To me, you sound like someone who is healthy, happy and loving life. Those of us who sound alarmed at what you wrote - well, they just care, that's all.

How fantastic for you and your family that you didn't pass the virus on before you found out. There's a few other members here who were similarly lucky and I'm one of them.

Rock on! Looking forward to hearing more from you...

Ann
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Offline ACinKC

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2006, 09:34:52 AM »
Hello and welcome to our lovely community.  I am sure you will find this site is very informational, helpful and also loving and accepting of lots of different opinions.  This site will be what you make of it.  It can be dysfunctional and frustrating at times but mostly its warm and inviting.

Feel free to post as much or as little as you like about yourself at the time you feel it is appropriate.  I personally have put my entire life on this site and it has yet to bite back.  I consider this place a second family to me and love being here and sharing what I can with those I can.

Anyway…. Welcome, you have received my canned greeting deeming you WORTHY of further communication!!!

Andrew

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LIFE is not a race to the grave with the intention of arriving safely
in a pretty and well-preserved body, but, rather to skid in broadside,
thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming--WOW! WHAT A
RIDE!!!

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2006, 10:17:39 AM »
Welcome, Ken. It's good to have you here and begin to get to know you.

It sounds like you have a wonderful family and a pretty good life.

You're always welcome here to discuss anything that's on your mind as well as to ask questions.

I'm wondering what's given you the idea your daughters are getting interested around the HIV subject. And what conversation you and your wife have had about how to deal with the issue.

Again, welcome!

Cheers, 

Andy Velez

Offline marco23

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2006, 11:29:49 AM »
HI Ken!

Welcome to the forum. I think you'll find this place to be helpful, supportive and will also find some crazy people who will bring some laughter.
Glad your here.
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Offline petsu

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2006, 11:44:35 PM »
Welcome! Sounds eerily similar to what happened to me.. I have a 5yr old and I know what you mean about the "questions", they will come one day and I too will freak out! PM or e-mail me if you want to discuss any stuff OK?
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Offline Eldon

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Re: New to these forums, but not to HIV
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2006, 11:54:10 PM »
Supporting You

Hey Ken...

In my own way, I wish to extend to you a WARM WELCOME here at the AM forums. Here you will find the encouragement, acceptance, communication, understanding, support, some cries, some laughter, and many of your questions relating to HIV/AIDS answered.

Truly, it is a diffcult health situation to accept. However, it is strongly recommended that you Deal rather than Dwell on what has occurred. This will help tremendously to cope with what has occurred with your health.

The Handshake Of Reassurance


We have a great group of Real People who will listen as well as answer you. We are here to Encourage, Learn, and HELP one another as we all walk on our journey in this life.

With the consideration of implementing a Positive Mental Attitude, it will also assist you on your journey in this life as well as having a Positive Impact on your immune system and your overall health.

In fact, through your Positive Mental Attitude, it will HELP you to push forward through ALL of the obstacles on your path that you are now walking on.

Talking and sharing our experiences with other people helps us see that we are not the only ones with problems. Feel free to come and vent with whatever is on your mind from time-to-time and to interact with the other members.

Often the act of writing and the ability to “SEE” your feelings leads to therapeutic insights and solutions..

In the interim, you may want to start taking a multi-vitamin, and some Omega 3, because it is all up to YOU where YOU want to be.

Exercise at least three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, as this will do you good to help keep that unnecessary stress away.

"Don't Give Up, Don't Give In... Cause it is ALL within you to WIN!"

 


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