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Author Topic: Life is SHIT  (Read 6582 times)

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Offline richfinsm

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Life is SHIT
« on: August 04, 2006, 01:13:34 PM »
« Last Edit: August 13, 2006, 09:03:43 AM by richfinsm »
Positive since 1/85.  Tested positive with full-blown AIDS 5/93.

Offline ACinKC

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2006, 01:36:41 PM »
Good luck Rich.  MUCH LOVE and many, MANY positive vibes coming at you from this guy!!!
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

Offline Joe K

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2006, 01:50:20 PM »
Dearest Rich,

I am so pleased to hear from you and my first thought was how strong and compassionate of a man you are and I like someone who refuses to be cowed by any of these diseases.  I hear you with the depression and anxiety, etc., and it's amazing how dibilitating those disease can be.  How wonderful that you have rekindled your passion and are beginning to return to the light.

I'm also glad that you didn't forget your friends your here and so before I start crying, I'll just say welcome back.

Offline David_CA

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2006, 01:54:57 PM »
It sounds like you're headed for better times!  You're in my thoughts. Take care.

Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
You must be the change you want to see in the world.  Mahatma Gandhi

Offline kcmetroman

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2006, 02:25:53 PM »
Well bud,

Trish and I were just talking about you.  Not sure what to say first....How proud we are, or how much we love you.  Okay, how about both at the same time!

I think it's time for some more Chinese food!!!

Offline Trish

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2006, 02:43:12 PM »
I was feeling blessed and thankful today.  I wanted to share it with you all.

I love you all.  I know I am not always easy to understand or know where I am coming from, but again, I am thankful...

Well Richie Boy, you are blessed and we are thankful that you are still around to play with us...  :) and will be for a long, long time.

As far as not being easy to understand or know where you are coming from -- hell, I think all of us probably don't even know where we ourselves are coming from at times.  We all go through a bad spell, but thankfully we have our friends, & the bonds we've made on these forums, to stand behind us and help us through... and are also around to share the good times as well, which I believe you are headed toward with this new and improved attitude.

So, how about some Chinese food? ;D  I'm game.

All my love,

and HUGS to you Teddy Bear!

Trish :-*
"People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is buit."  Eleanor Roosevelt

Offline angels4kelly

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2006, 02:49:51 PM »
Hi Rich,
I hope these meds do well for ya'!
Wishing you all the best and sending positive energy and
thoughts to you!

Take care of yourself ;D



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knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength;
mastering yourself is true power.
Failure is not in falling down,
but the staying down

Offline Val

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2006, 04:05:08 PM »
Hi, Rich!
Since this is the first time that I reply to one of your post, let me warn you that I am not too good with words when I find myself engulfed with so much valorous, strong and lofty feelings such as the ones your post imparts to me!   And, therefore, I'd rather send you a video which, of course, is dedicated to you and all the valiant and intrepid members of this forum who are fighting the same battle --- HIV.
Thank you for sharing your story with us!  Be strong. 

Arthus Bertrand
Ali Mahdavi
Richard de Chazal
Daniel Nassoy
The word comes from the Greek words φως phos ("light"), and γραφίς graphis ("stylus", "paintbrush") or γραφή graphê, together meaning "drawing with light" or "representation by means of lines".

Offline heartforyou

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2006, 04:42:20 PM »

I told you.... one day.....
We all have to fight and we all have our demons, believe me.
You have seen mine.

People come into our lives for a reason.
And we are led, to those who help us most to grow.

I wish you a good start with the new meds.

Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
Kivexa (Epzicom),Tivicay once daily.

Switching to Viramune, Isentress and Emtriva

Happiness is the freedom of breathing fresh air every day.

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2006, 05:52:47 PM »
Hi Rich. Good luck on the new drugs. I'm sure they will work well for you. I admire your survivor skills. Keep fighting man.
Positive since 1985

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2006, 05:54:14 PM »

Best of luck with the new regime doll! :-*



Offline Quarter Horse

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2006, 09:10:05 PM »

Love ya, Love ya, Love ya!!

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: IT GOES ON.

Robert Frost

Offline Teresa

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2006, 09:24:51 PM »

Good luck with the new meds!!

Big Hugs
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Atripla (started it 8/24/06)

Offline HIVworker

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2006, 11:50:16 PM »

Your inner strength makes you a great man. A better man than I will ever be.

Good luck on your new meds. Keep us informed.

NB. Any advice about HIV is given in addition to your own medical advice and not intended to replace it. You should never make clinical decisions based on what anyone says on the internet but rather check with your ID doctor first. Discussions from the internet are just that - Discussions. They may give you food for thought, but they should not direct you to do anything but fuel discussion.

Offline Eldon

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2006, 11:55:56 PM »
Hello Rich, it is Eldon. Welcome back to the forums and we are happy to have you here with us. Also, I wish you the best of luck on your new regimen.

Offline RAB

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2006, 11:58:30 PM »
Hello Rich

Good to hear from you.   :-*

I'm relieved that things have taken a turn for the better.  Your inner strength is something I never doubted. 

Fuzeon has been a pretty easy drug for me (except for the injection reactions  >:( but I can live with em), I hope it works out the same for you.


Offline The Canuck

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2006, 12:07:39 AM »

The best of luck with your new combo. I'm pretty sure with all that stuff you will scare the shit out of this bug for a good while.

We don't know each other but from what I read here over the last 12 months or so, you are definitely sounding better and nice to read you're not giving up.


The Canuck

Offline Jerry71

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2006, 12:56:57 AM »
Rich hope the new meds work wonders for you. Also glad to see you back.

Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2006, 01:15:44 AM »
The mind is a POWERFUL thing.  ATTITUDE is a powerful thing.  Psychoneuroimmunology plays a big role in our HIV, Spiritual, Mental & Physical health.

Rich, YOU ROCK. This post is so beautiful/uplifting.... Thank you for the reminders. Thank you for giving credit to God. Lots of love, well wishes and sunshine for your life Rich

 :-*  :-*

Offline joyluckclub

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2006, 01:26:05 AM »
Hi Rich,

You are surely an inspiration to many people.  I recently found out I was HIV positive.  Your story lets me know I can still dream and accomplish those dreams.  Thank you for sharing part of your story.


"Honey, be who you is"  Madea.........

Offline richfinsm

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2006, 05:32:01 AM »
... :'(
« Last Edit: August 13, 2006, 08:59:28 AM by richfinsm »
Positive since 1/85.  Tested positive with full-blown AIDS 5/93.

Offline OzPaul

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2006, 05:41:25 AM »
Dear Rich

You are an inspirational man !! I have been poz since 81 and been spared many heartaches and illnesses yet it has take it's toll on me for sure. I like you have suffered greatly from bi-polar disorder ( rapid-cycling) which is well controlled with medication and lifestyle changes.

I will keep your voice and spirit with me as I travel this road.


Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2006, 07:41:15 AM »
I am sure you will do much better with those new drugs. Good luck!
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Epstein Barr +; CMV +; Toxoplasmosis +; HIV-1 +.
Counts when starting treatment:
V.L.:80.200 copies. CD4: 25%=503
Started Sustiva-Truvada 14/August/2006
Last V.L.count (Oct 2013): Undetectable
Last CD4 count (OCT 2013): 52%= 933

Offline Christine

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Re: Thankful
« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2006, 09:53:59 AM »
Hi Rich,
Good luck with the new meds. I was on Fuzeon for a few years, so if you have any questions, I would be happy to help.

It sounds like you are in a really good place right now. Good thoughts and prayers going out to help you stay strong and healthy.
Poz since '93. Currently on Procrit, Azithromax, Pentamidine, Valcyte, Levothyroxine, Zoloft, Epzicom, Prezista, Viread, Norvir, and GS-9137 study drug. As needed: Trazodone, Atavan, Diflucan, Zofran, Hydrocodone, Octreotide

5/30/07 t-cells 9; vl 275,000


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