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Offline aztecan

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Well, the month has arrived
« on: July 03, 2010, 03:35:01 PM »
OK, I have officially been diagnosed with HIV for 25 years as of this month.

I guess this is something to celebrate, because I think, regardless of how crappy I feel some days, it is still better than the alternative. ;)

I think I will open a bottle of wine and toast myself.

I have been somewhat whiney lately. I think there have been a number of issues, but prime among them was the loss of Ric, Lisa and, of course, Tim.

You would think I could deal with it better after all these years, but I guess I have been lulled into a false security because we have been hanging in there pretty well.

These recent deaths were a stark reminder of bygone days - and the fact they are still with us, in many ways.

So, I will toast this anniversary because it is something of an accomplishment.



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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 04:02:33 PM »
Have a glass of wine for me and lets do it again in 25 years . Hope the 4Th is a great holiday for you and your family .
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Offline gemini20

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010, 04:11:26 PM »
Hey Mark,

Congratulations on your quarter century mark - that's definitely something worth opening a bottle of wine for (personally I always have a glass of very expensive champagne every anniversary!).

You would think I could deal with it better after all these years, but I guess I have been lulled into a false security because we have been hanging in there pretty well.

These recent deaths were a stark reminder of bygone days - and the fact they are still with us, in many ways.

I know exactly what you mean - this year has been particularly difficult with the sudden losses, it did remind me of the early years of my diagnosis when almost every month someone was gone.

But I see it now that for every extra day we get, we can honour those we have loved and lost.

Enjoy that drink and I'll have one for you too 

HUGS back to you,

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Offline BT65

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 09:24:48 PM »
Congrats, Mark, on reaching the 25 year mark.  And have a drink for me. :-*
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010, 02:48:36 AM »
Hi Mark,

You and I must have been infected around the same time.  For me, It was several days during the fourth of July weekend in 1985, that I was infected.  Was officially diagnosed in October, so I guess my 25th year is almost here too. So I am kind of somber around the 4th of July.

It's really tough thinking about Ric, Lisa's and Tim's passing.  Sadly it moves us all, three more steps ahead in the line. And your right, it does seem like the early years relived, and it never gets easy.

I was looking through my cell phone stored telephone numbers the other  day. And who's number do I come across, but Lisa's. I forgot it was in there .  She had given it to me, several years back, when Ed and I were going to make the trip up north, and we were going through South Carolina. Unfortunately, we never connected, and never met. Lisa had something else going on at the time. Never met Ric or Tim either, but spoke to Tim on several occasions, and always enjoyed my conversation with him.

Here's to your 25th.  Many more healthy and happy years Mark.  I ain't far behind you. It seems as every year goes by, we need take care of ourselves a little more, both physically and psychologically .

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Offline OzPaul

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010, 03:02:08 AM »
Dear Mark

I'll raise a glass to you on your 25 years !  Quite a milestone indeed. I know these are sad times, and though I've been poz 'officially' for 25 years too, I count each new day as a blessing.



Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #6 on: July 04, 2010, 05:57:11 AM »
Congrats Mark!
Cheers to you and here's to another 25!
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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2010, 10:46:18 AM »
Congrats on the 25 years honey....very few realize just what that means.    The recent deaths have stirred up feelings from years past in me, as well.   We've been lulled into a sense of 'security', haven't we?

Just last night, I dreamed that I found out I was in kidney failure; tried to get my doctor on the phone, and couldn't reach him; then looked in the mirror and found my face was covered with molluscum again....
I hate dreams like that!   Just hope it's some weirdness, and not an 'omen'.   (I checked out on register 13 at Wal-Mart yesterday; everything that could go wrong did!  Cashier was old as Methuselah, and my debit card would NOT go through the card reader....)   Me and my crazy superstitions....

Hugs and congratulations my friend, and may you have many many more anniversaries to celebrate!

Love, Alan
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Offline OneTampa

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010, 11:25:05 AM »
Congratulations Mark!

As a fellow 25 year old this year, I understand how you feel.

I celeberated my 25 years HIV positive milestone with mixed emotions too.  Thrilled to have survived yet saddned as my mother died earlier this year. I also lament the passing of other famiy members and friends. 

I wish you the best and continued great health and many good things to come your way in the future.

Take care.
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Offline rondrond

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010, 11:26:21 AM »
Go ahead and whine. Then 'wine' and I will set my thoughts with yours on the past and how it has brought us to today.

That you are here is a great accomplishment and I applaud you... and here's a virtual hug.

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Offline bear60

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2010, 12:35:31 PM »
25 years is a loooooong time.  So, heres to another 25.
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Offline lforsyth

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010, 08:54:11 AM »
Way to go.  I love my wine also. Cheers!

I guess next year is my official 25 years although I wasn't doing well in 1985.  Started getting tired and had difficulty getting through rehearsal with the Longhorns of West Hollywood. Two guys I was dating in 1984-1985 both turned out to be positive also. they didn't make it past 1990 and I've always had a bit of survivor guilt after losing so many friends over the years.

Great to know that there are others out there.
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Offline TimmyT

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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2010, 04:34:11 AM »
Congrats, Mark. I too will raise a glass to your 25 years. And I will raise a glass to my 20 years of HIV this month as well. Stay strong.


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Re: Well, the month has arrived
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2010, 08:43:05 AM »
Hugs and cheers to you, Mark. Keep on rockin' 'n rollin' along, good buddy.

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