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Offline ChaplinGuy

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So here goes...
« on: August 09, 2006, 06:41:31 AM »
Greetings! I  have watched and read posts to these forum for a few weeks now, having tested positive back in June. It has been a true live-saver to read about everyone else's tremendous spirit, vitality and determination - it has literally helped get me to this point where I realize how important it is to reach out to everyone and take this step. I hope to be able to meet some of you and learn about your trek through this challenge, and hopefully find a way down the road to do the same for others.

You know, it sounds ridiculous now looking back, but stuff like this "doesn't happen" to guys like me. Man, life has a funny way of changing your opinion quickly. Here I am, and I'm ready to beat this thing.

Look forward to meeting all of you.


Offline allopathicholistic

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2006, 08:01:35 AM »
Greetings Zach. First I'll say Sorry you tested poz. As far as the spirit, vitality and determination in this site - Glad you sense all that here! It's for real! In addition, this site is educational and full of humor. Glad you found us. We're here for you every step of the way. The forums are "all that, and a bag of chips"

Alex, the holistic guy

PS - One of the most important pages to read in case you haven't yet is located here

Offline joyluckclub

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2006, 10:38:42 AM »

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis.  Like you, I was blown out of the water when I was told of my status.

Take deep breaths.  Things will get better.  I you continue to learn that you can thrive in the face of HIV.


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

Offline Ann

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2006, 12:17:08 PM »
Hi Zach, welcome to the forums.

If you haven't already, please read through the Welcome thread at the top of this page or the Living forum page. You'll find links to other sections of this website there.

I'm glad you decided to take the plunge and reach out. Looking forward to hearing more from you...

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Offline frenchpat

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2006, 03:17:14 PM »
Man, life has a funny way of changing your opinion quickly.

Hi Zach,

and welcome to the gang! Of course the reason why you are joining us sucks ;) but at least you've joined early, and you will be able to avoid some of the mistakes I made during the 4 years it took me to find this place.
I've changed opinions on many issues during this time, and I am sure I will change a few more.

Keep up the fighting spirit and humour!

People have the power - Patti Smith


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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2006, 03:21:48 PM »
Hi Zach, Your at the right place, welcome to the forums, 


Offline ChaplinGuy

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2006, 09:15:24 PM »

Thanks to everyone for the warmest of welcomes! I am very grateful for the sense of community and strength I'm finding here.

Offline jordan

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2006, 09:29:37 PM »

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis.  Think of this as the next chapter in your life.  The good news is that you know and now you can take care of yourself.

What has worked for me is to say 'business as usual' and keep doing everything that I had been doing. I have found the forum a great source of information, support, and friendship.

If you think your lonely now, wait until tonight.

Offline Life

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2006, 10:22:51 PM »
Zach,  Keep the peddles moving!  Welcome! ;D


Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2006, 10:33:19 PM »
Welcome Zach! :-*


Offline ACinKC

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Re: So here goes...
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2006, 03:58:45 PM »
DAMN!  Another new member!  This club sucks, we should have a NON-membership drive.  Ho HO He HE, You don't want no HIV! 

Seriously, welcome.  There's some of the humor that has been mentioned. 

Sorry, its just a defense mechanism!

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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


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