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Author Topic: 15 years and still fighting  (Read 2475 times)

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Offline Nancy

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15 years and still fighting
« on: July 19, 2008, 04:53:31 AM »
Hi All,

I see so few of the old familiar names   :(   I guess I should drop in more to keep up with where everyone is and how ya'll are doing.

I realized it's my 15 year anniversary, and I couldn't think of anyone else but you guys that I could really share it with. 

They gave me 5 years, then I hit that 10 year mark and had to start fighting for my life, now here it is 5 years later, and I'm still fighting.

Hope all is well with you all. 


Deborah Cadigan-Little
Diagnosed Oct 1993
Member since Sept 2002
Meds Dec 2003

Offline anniebc

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008, 05:57:39 AM »
You always were a fighter..I can't see you changing any time soon... ;)

How are those beautiful cats doing?

Great to see you back again.

Jan :-*
« Last Edit: July 19, 2008, 06:06:50 AM by anniebc »
Never knock on deaths door..ring the bell and run..he really hates that.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008, 08:31:40 AM »
Hello Nancy,

It's good to hear from you. Even though I have never been in contact with you, I think of you from time to time. You just keep on fighting, we're fighting right along side of you.

All the best-----Ray
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 Robert

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2008, 11:36:36 AM »

so good to hear from you.  You sound good.  Are all those ugly episodes from the past gone?  Are you 'relatively' healthy?  Considering what you've been through, I think you'll be around for a long, long time.


Offline AlanBama

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2008, 11:55:52 AM »
Hey Nancy

Good to hear from you honey......how are the cats doing?  We miss you around here......

Happy Anniversary!

hugs,  Alan
"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

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2008, 06:47:30 AM »
Happy anniversary. I hope in some ways the fight's easier based on your years of experience with HIV. (None would be best) That's a cute cat. It looks like the Cheshire Cat to me.

Offline Catman

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #6 on: July 20, 2008, 07:59:01 AM »
 Hello Nancy:

  I don't think I've ever met you before but I always get happy for those who have been given a short period of life expectancy and have lived much longer than that. I know how that feels because by the time I began my treatments I was in pretty bad shape with a high level of vl and cd4's low, but I got my mind to convince myself that I was going to pull slowly through and I did. That was about 22 years ago. I've healthy and "undetectable" at the moment. Don't know how long that's going to last but I try not even to think about it and put my thoughts to other more positive things! Good luck and good health to you always... :)

Meow to the birds
Meow to the tree's
Meow to the end
of this dreadful disease...

Offline Nancy

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2008, 03:42:36 AM »
Hi Annie & Alan

 - Cats are doing great.  I'm actaully going to an awards banquet this week-end to get an award for getting one of them up into the top 20 in the SW U.S. Region.  It's totally totally out of my comfort zone!!!  We have babies year round now, so a never boring around here!!  It averages around 40 cats (including kittens)


 - I can always count on you to make me smile!!!

I'm doing ok right now.  I"m still having to do the biopsies every 3 months, and I've been told to expect to have more surgery.  Luckily my numbers are higher then then have been in YEARS!!  I've actually gone from below 20 to up into the low 500's with 32%.  So it's keeping the HPV in check a bit.

I'm still a ex-smoker and ex-drinker!!  But I'm finding for the first time in my life, I've had to start fighting weight gain  :'(

Thank you to those who I don't know that wished me well.

And allopathicholistic ... I promise I won't tell my prize Bengal boy that you said he looks like a tabby cat ;)
Deborah Cadigan-Little
Diagnosed Oct 1993
Member since Sept 2002
Meds Dec 2003

Offline aztecan

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2008, 10:34:04 AM »
Hey Nancy,

Congratulations on the anniversary - and on the cat advances (if that is the right term).

I am glad to hear your counts are up and I understand fully when you say you are fighting the "battle of the bulge." I am too since I quit smoking.

Glad to hear from you. Check in a bit more often.


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

Offline HivLinux

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2008, 03:20:20 PM »
15 years and still fighting
could be my post too! I'll start one brand-new topic to introduce myself on the community but just wanted to put my hand on the other 15-years-old hiv's shoulder, nancy's hiv. A 15-years-old virus-girl, (nancy's) and a 15-years-old virus-guy, mine! :)
But we all four are fighting, and proud to fight! Life is a struggle, but it's worth to fight for it.

Software is like sex. It's better when it's free. (Linus Torvalds)

Offline YaKaMein

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Re: 15 years and still fighting
« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2008, 03:31:36 PM »
Happy Anniversary ... nice to meet you and glad you've still battling a battle.  all the best. -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


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