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Author Topic: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star  (Read 3674 times)

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Offline OzPaul

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Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« on: August 09, 2006, 12:42:16 AM »
Dear AM Forum family

As many of you have read this week, our Zephie has had a wonderful article and interview published in her local paper (Thanks DannyBoy for getting this to us). This was the first part of a three part interview.

We also recently learned that Zeph has been asked to be at the International Aids Conference in Toronto,  at a press conference with Bruce Walker MD from Harvard. She will be there to speak of her participation in the 'Elite Controller' LTNP study at Harvard/MGH , Partners in Care. It is quite an honor for her to have been asked to participate. As another member of this study I am thrilled that she will be speaking for us and the study. Her kindness, compassion, eloquence and spirit will, I'm sure, wow the media who will be representing press from around the world.

We can all be most proud of our Zephyr and congratulate her on her strength and courage to be so 'out' and living large in the world.

I found the media link to the conference and have included it here. It is a large document (easier for broadband) and she is listed on page 15. Wednesday,16 August. Look for Loreen Willenberg, room 3 at 13H00  under 'Speakers'


Good on ya girl !!!!

Big hugs from your 'kindred brother'
Paul xxxooo
« Last Edit: August 09, 2006, 12:44:20 AM by OzPaul »

Offline Sdgirl

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2006, 12:54:01 AM »
While reading this thread, for some reason, I started singing Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely"....it's one of my favorite songs, and "Isn't Zeph Lovely?"  I mean really.............have any of you heard her voice?  It's deep and soothing.......her inflections make you feel warm.  She is so amazing.  I can't believe how fortunate I am to call her my friend.

Every step she takes, every move she makes, I am so proud of her.  She is a butterfly leaving her cocoon, her wings are bright and colorful...............she stops at every flower to make her presence known, but always in a subtle, yet powerful way.

Her hope is for ALL OF US..........she never just thinks of herself, we are ALL always on her mind....she wants to make all of us better...........how incredible is that?  Not a selfish bone in her body.

I love you girlie, you make me proud.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves.."Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?"

Offline bobik

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2006, 05:03:46 AM »
Dear Zephyr, may I have a signature?  ;D

Honestly, I'm proud of you.

Coen Honig at Facebook

Offline Moffie65

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2006, 09:47:54 AM »

You make me feel very proud to know you.

Cannot wait to see your very tired face in Montreal, and give you a big juicy one, right on the mouth.

In Love and Admiration.

Here is the hard copy for those of you who don't have the ability to download quickly;

1300h      Host    HIV Elite Controller Collaboration

               Title    HIV Elite Controller Collaborative study: Research
                         on people who control HIV without medications

         Speakers    Bruce Walker, M.D., Director of Partners AIDS
                         Research Center, Professor of Medicine at
                         Harvard Medical School;
                         Loreen Willenberg, Elite Controller Study

In Love, and Support.
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Offline Trish

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2006, 09:57:05 AM »
Tim, you beat me to it -- I was going to do the same.  Thanks!!!

Zeph, I am so freaking proud of you... and I love you!!!  I wish I could be there, standing beside you, proud & all.  But, trust that I will be there in spirit.  YOU ROCK DARLING!!!  Thank you for being so special and caring.  And Good Luck!!!  I can't wait to hear all about it in Montreal.


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

Offline zephyr

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2006, 06:55:25 PM »
My Dear and Special AM Family,

I never in my life imagined I'd be reading MY name of the list of 'Speakers' for Press Conferences at ANY International AIDS Conference!! OMG!

Years ago, when my only connection to our HIV/AIDS world was POZ Magazine, I'd read about these distant events with a detached view, thinking they were only for the 'heavy hitters'...the Activists out of New York (like Peter Straley), the Medical Professionals and the Press.....events to create a swirl of information for what seemed to be a very short time, and then POOF, disappearing again behind closed doors and labs throughout the world.

Can you imagine how SURPRISED I am? It is all so surreal.

Paul, you have once again extended to me a wonderful thread....and I am speechless. Thank you.

Lisa, my dear friend, tears of happiness are again welling up in my eyes at your beautiful words...you have described EXACTLY how I feel by likening me to a butterfly, whose cocoon has split after so long, my desire to fly too strong to hold it together anymore. It is people like you who are the 'wind beneath my wings' (one of my favorite songs)!! I love you, too.

Trishie, weren't we just talking about how we could make a difference? Seems like just yesterday that you were in my living room, assuring me that change was coming, the time was drawing near for our voices to be heard. Now, both of our stories have been 'published' in a newspaper, we're both Planning Council Members, and soon, Montreal will see us together again, making plans for our next steps...wonder what we'll come up with then???? Thank you for believing in me....and for helping me to get to this place.  xxooxx (We are fam-a-lee, all my sisters and me......) Love ya!

Moffie..........WHAT A TRIP!! How'd I get on this magic bus, babe???? The only thing that would have made the Conference better is if our original plan came through...next time, it will. Thanks for posting the page from the site for everyone...I just printed out the entire list!! P.S. I am proud to know you! (Just tried to call you....)

I will be standing taller just knowing that I've got my AM Family next to me, each and every one of you!

With much love, and thanks,

Zephyr :-*

"It is character that communicates most eloquently."

Offline Eldon

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2006, 10:10:26 PM »
Hello Zephie, it is Eldon. I'm sending my deepest wishes and thoughts to you. I wish you the best in the conference. Speaking? OMG! is absolutely right. Stand tall and be firm you will/are making a difference for all of us! I am so happy to know you as a friend!

Offline aztecan

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2006, 12:08:13 AM »

My dear garden denizen, I never doubted for a moment you had star potential!

You inspire me and are simply awesome!


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

Offline zephyr

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2006, 02:56:23 PM »
Dear Mark and Eldon,

  What's most important to remind folks about is that this virus does NOT DISCRIMINATE. I want to be able to dispel any lingering judgements about 'who' gets infected with this viral protein (thanks, Moffie!)...that it can, and DOES cross all barriers throughout society.

  As with Regan Hoffman's full and public disclosure in the April issue of POZ Magazine, and her various television interviews back in June, it's imperative for we women, especially, to put our stories and our faces out there......show that we remain vibrant and viable human beings, despite being infected.

  I intend to stand as tall as I can, proud of who I am and proud of this incredible community of PLWHA's.

  Again, as our Moffie says: 'WE ARE THE POWER'.

In solidarity,

"It is character that communicates most eloquently."

Offline manchesteruk

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2006, 03:32:40 PM »
Congratulations Zeph on this and the article it seems like you've come a massive way in the last year.  I hope to emulate your achievements one day!
Diagnosed 11/05

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Offline water duck

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2006, 03:36:27 PM »
AMEN !!!

Dear Zephyr; and may you carry ZEPHYR LTNP FOUNDATION up with you upon those beautiful wings of yours !!

 :-* :-* :-*


Offline zephyr

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2006, 03:42:09 PM »

Honey, you can say that again!! It feels like I've processed several lifetimes in 11 short months!! ;D And it's because of people like you that I've done it. You will, too, darlin'. I can just feel it.

WATER DUCK!! How good to know you've flown in!! As we speak, ZLF is beginning to sprout! Hope you are well, my friend!


"It is character that communicates most eloquently."

Offline water duck

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #12 on: August 10, 2006, 03:45:35 PM »
I am well  !!

Dear Big Sis; thanks for the concern !!


Offline blondbeauty

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Re: Our Zephyr/spokesperson and now media star
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2006, 05:18:07 AM »
I am very proud of you. Now you have the chance to start changing things!
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