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Offline chipsir

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« on: July 01, 2008, 08:02:48 PM »
Hello everyone, I have just joined the forum page so thought I would introduce myself where I thought I might fit.  I am 60 years old and have been + 23 years that I know of.  I certainly have been more fortunate than others as my health is reasonably good and I still work part time (3 days a week).  I am on ODSP a government pension for those of you who are not from Ontario ODSP = Ontario Disability Support Program, we in Canada seem to be much better off than our neighbours to the south.  All of my medical needs are taken care of by the government providing they fall with in the OHIP regulations again OHIP = Ontario Health Insurance Program....I think lol.  I will likely be pretty quiet for awhile as I am not familiar with how things work on here just yet.
Having said my physical health is in reasonable shape, unfortunately my mental state has not been so lucky, I do suffer from long term survivor guilt and can be extremely depressed at times.  I do have medical treatment for it both therapy and medication so generally can keep on top of it.  Hope I get to know some people through this page. Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your blogs.......Dennis

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: First Post
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2008, 08:45:08 PM »
Hello Dennis,

From one long-termer to another Welcome to the forums. I've also been positive 23 years. In fact, this week back in 1985, is when I became infected.

I am originally from just north of Buffalo, New York, and moved to Florida in 1980. I used to spend a lot of time in Ontario (Toronto) years ago.

Glad to have you with us.


PS 56 years young here !

« Last Edit: July 01, 2008, 08:48:11 PM by J.R.E. »
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline AlanBama

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Re: First Post
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2008, 08:53:59 PM »
Hi Dennis, and welcome!   Yes, I know well of the "survivor's guilt" that disturbs you.   Here, we've taken it a step further to call it "LTSPTSD"  (long-term survivor's post traumatic stress disorder) or something like that....

Those of us who have managed to 'hang on' while so many of our brothers and sisters have fallen, have many issues to deal with.   I often ask "why them, and not me?"   I was no braver, no stronger, no smarter....yet here I remain.
We now face "aging with AIDS" and all that it entails.   Like you, I am in reasonably good shape (especially on paper!).   My heart keeps trying to act up, so there must be some "life lesson" I have yet to learn.....  I also work part-time, approx. 20-23 hrs. per week.

Welcome to AIDSmeds, and especially to the Long-Term Survivor's Forum.  We all love each other (most of the time!) and in this forum we have a lot of combined "years of experience".  (we should add it all up, just for curiosity's sake)

"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

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Re: First Post
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2008, 11:02:42 PM »
Hey Dennis,

Welcome! I tested positive 23 years ago as well, as a matter of fact, 23 years ago this month.

I am in relatively good health, with a few side issues like everyone else.

I work full-time, been on meds for 12 years plus  and live in the Southwestern U.S.

Glad you've joined in. I look forward to reading more from you.


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Offline YaKaMein

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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2008, 11:18:40 PM »
Welcome Dennis ... you'll enjoy it here on the forums. -YaKa
09/11 Endocrine Consult
08/11 CD4 328 14.9% VL 0
 Disc'd Bactrim DEXA -3.1 Tscore
03/11 CD4 338 14.7% VL 0
11/10 CD4 300 14.3% VL 0 <20copies
07/10 CD4 336 14.0% VL 0 DEXA -2.7 Tscore
03/10 CD4 308 13.4% VL 0 Vit D normal
01/10 Began FOTO
11/09 CD4 274 13.7% VL 0 Chol 173 Trig 131
07/09 CD4 324 13.5% VL 0 DEXA -3.1 Tscore lumbar
03/09 CD4 207 10.9% VL 0
11/08 CD4 227 10.3% VL 0 Chol 176 Trig 156
04/08 CD4 228 9.5% VL 0
01/08 CD4 194 9.0% VL 0
09/07 CD4 176 8.3% VL 0
03/07 CD4 130 9.5% VL 0 Chol 261  Trig 227
12/06 CD4 109 6.4% VL 0
09/06 CD4  88 5.5% VL und desens'd rtd to Bactrim
08/06  Began Atripla
07/06 CD4  59 5.0% VL 145 Chol 117 Trig 104
06/06  Bactrim rash, X2 Dapsone
 EFV & Truvada Chol 128 Trig 131
05/06 CD4  6 (2.0%) VL 78667 only V179D mutation Dx PC MAC

Offline rondrond

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Re: First Post
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2008, 01:44:57 AM »
Hi Dennis,

I just wanted to welcome you to the Forums.

"I'm not done yet"....Glen Campbell

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16oct08/DVT-left leg
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Offline BT65

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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2008, 09:09:07 AM »
Dennis, I posted a welcome in your other thread you started, but I'll say it again....welcome.  I tested positive 19 years ago.  I've been on meds ever since they started giving them out (remember the large doses of AZT so many moons ago).  I'm in a lot better shape than I used to be.  And like Alan said, I'm not really sure why.  I did nothing different than all my friends I've lost.  Just lucky I guess.

Anyway, make yourself comfortable here.  We're really a good lot.
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Offline chipsir

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Re: First Post
« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2008, 02:30:30 PM »
Thanks again for all of your nice welcomes!!!!!!!

Offline DanielMark

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Re: First Post
« Reply #8 on: July 02, 2008, 02:52:06 PM »
Hi Dennis,

Glad you found the site and hope you find the support you are looking for.

I was diagnosed 20 years ago this September, and apart from a few episodes Iím doing okay most days. Like you, I am on ODSP support (as well as one other disability pension). I'm grateful for both because without them I very likely would not have made it this far.

I donít hang out here often, but welcome just the same!

Daniel (in Ottawa)



Offline chipsir

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« Reply #9 on: July 02, 2008, 02:59:34 PM »
Daniel in Ottawa.....Thank you so much, you are the fist Canadian to contact me, much appreciated

Offline heartforyou

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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2008, 03:37:54 PM »
Hi Dennis ,

Welcome from Belgium.
I was diagnosed in July 1987, that makes it 21 years ago.

Infected in 1983.

unfortunately my mental state has not been so lucky
... that sound familiar!!!!! HIV and AIDS changes you, both physically and mentally. Though I am in good shape at almost 53, I have battled my demons of depression as many of the LTS here know.
Welcome to the club.

Yes Alan, if we would add up all the years with HIV.....


Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
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Offline bear60

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« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2008, 11:33:20 AM »
I am 64 years old and still going after 20 some years of being HIV positive.  But I am a LTNP and have never had to take meds...yet.  My mental health has suffered greatly from losing so many friends to this disease.
Joel aka Bear
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Offline pozniceguy

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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2008, 04:54:35 PM »
Welcome Dennis....I am another Long term survivor..officially AIDS in 1994 but infected in early 80"s..  over 60... pretty healthy.."retired"  no one will hire a "diseased old guy"  they have too many ways to turn you down.....get by with pension and Social Security....lots of great folks here so join in ...

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Offline denb45

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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2008, 06:07:24 PM »

Welcomed Dennis, I'm a Dennis too guess that makes 2 of us then  ;D glad to know ya, hope you stick around  and share with us all............
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline ubotts

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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2008, 04:22:23 PM »
Hi and nice to meet you.

I also been hiv pos for 23 yrs.

I also have survivors guilt as well.. My lover of 10 yrs died and so many of my friends I hung out with have passed, even my brother..

Its mentally draining so I starting seeing a therapist who talks to me and also put me on an antidepressant...

So far, so good...

Anyway I am glad you found your way to our forums and eventually you ll know how to post and reply, and go to other forums as well..

Nice to meet you Mr. First Post. ;)
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