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Offline stella8940

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Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« on: April 05, 2008, 08:41:58 PM »
 :) Hi Ladies, Im new to the site. I have been pos for 20 years and I am still going strong. Of course I have my ups and downs, but I move forward with purpose. I am on meds, my CD4 is 1300 and VL Undetectable.
I was in the ER 2x this week with wierd internal bleeding, which was scary since I live alone and have no family within 2000 miles, but I seem ok now.
I have that special Lipo belly and am on the long hunt to eliminate it.
A few well intending people have asked when Im due..! How do I answer that? Uh, never,  8)  Oh well, any help I can offer, Im here-
Hugs  ;) Stella  "Take care of you!!"

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008, 10:27:38 PM »
Hi Stella

Welcome to the forums, I'm sure after 20 years you would have a lot of advise to give here, look forward to hearing more from you.

I'm glad to hear after your couple of stints in the hospital you are doing ok now.

Jan :-*
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Offline 27years

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2008, 03:54:00 AM »
Welcome Stella, its good to have you on the forum.  With 20years of experience I suppose you have so much to offer and also some new things to learn.  Feel free to join the threads.
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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2008, 07:47:52 AM »
Hello Stella, and welcome to the forums, in particular, our women's family.  I was diagnosed poz 19 years ago.  It's been a long time, hasn't it?

I know all about people asking 'when are you due?'  I had the lipo belly also and people asked me that all the time.  I don't know exactly how to get rid of it, other than liposuction.  Who can afford that, right?  Especially if you're like me, and live on disability.

Anyway, looking forward to hearing more from you.  We're really a great group of women.

Edited to add:  please join us in the dating thread.  It's not all about dating; it's about our daily lives, struggles, and support.
« Last Edit: April 06, 2008, 07:56:23 AM by Bettytacy »
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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2008, 08:29:03 AM »
Welcome to the forums. Great group of people here. Cristy

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2008, 03:51:32 PM »
Welcome to the forums, Stella.  You have found yourself among the best group of women in the world.  I hope you join us in the dating thread.  It's not about dating, it's about our everyday lives. (did I get it all, BT? ;)). 

Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you.  I agree with Jan, with 20 years experience, I'm sure there's a bunch of things that we can learn from you.

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2008, 07:00:30 PM »
Welcome Stella.

Offline wishful

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2008, 11:21:43 AM »
Welcome Stello..i hope to have stats like that 20 years in...im about that now..5 years in...
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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2008, 01:13:42 PM »
welcome ;)
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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2008, 09:54:36 PM »
Hi Stella~

I'm glad you found us here in the Forums!  :)  I have been pos for 14 years.  Interesting that you had some "weird internal bleeding," as my primary doc insists that I "must be bleeding somewhere."  My iron levels have always been low, so I recently added a supplement.  We'll see what the next lab results bring.

Come visit us GFs in the "Dating Threads," we talk about everything in there, not just dating!

~ Cindy
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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #10 on: April 08, 2008, 07:01:22 AM »
hie stella and welcome!

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #11 on: April 08, 2008, 07:09:55 AM »
Welcome Stella, hope to hear more from you!
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Offline Blessed1974

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #12 on: April 08, 2008, 11:13:22 AM »
Welcome Stella  ;D

Offline ubotts

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #13 on: April 09, 2008, 12:14:50 PM »
Hello there and welcome Stella.

I have been hiv for 23 yrs..

As far as the belly thing, I am still learning how to live with it..
Maybe in time, they will find a way to tweak the side effects it has on us women.

But for now. just live your life a day at a time and I am glad your doing ok and out of the hospital..

It must be hard living so far from your family, especially when your in the hospital..

Glad youi decided to join our group, and this is the place to vent because we are
all family here... ;)
Nice to meet you...
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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2008, 11:46:00 AM »
 Hi Stella, i am also a long term survivor,I know what you mean about the belly, thats the only thing big on my petite frame. nice to meet you.
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Offline Veritee

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2008, 11:45:03 AM »
Wanted to say hello too

I am very new to this as only diagnosed in Jan - but have had HIV for at least 6 years and am not that young - I am 55, and live in rural UK
Congratulations for surviving so long with this HIV - you are a huge help to someone like me who has only just heard they are HIV - as when I heard ,despite knowing about modern medication it still seemed like it was a death sentence!!

So it is good to hear you have lived with this for so long and doing OK

I have a belly that I hate - and I am not yet even on meds, so it is not due to HIV or meds - just my age and menopause I guess?????
But bloody worried that when I go on meds next week my belly will increase?
Oh well if it means I will live - then I will have to cope with it

welcome and love

I have a blog here, please do not judge me on what I say here- I need to offload and this is where I do it: http://hiv-and-us.blogspot.com/

Offline stella8940

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Re: Hi Everyone, 20 yrs pos new member
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2008, 08:06:29 PM »
Thank you everyone for welcoming me!! Im going to try to find the dating page to see what all the excitment is about!! And If I can help anyone with any questions I will be happy to~
Update on my hospital visit, I had this bacteria called Campylobacter it is from my job I work with cows, and got poo in my mouth a week before I got sick, it is a nasty little bugger!!
Im all better now!
I am gonna post a new thread about the Lipo belly studies that I know are going on right now in Boston and Arizona, so look for that. I work alot so if you dont see me here I will be back  :)
Stay happy!!


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