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Offline joemutt

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« on: July 09, 2012, 12:17:45 AM »
Today I will have been taking meds for 15 years, started one week after diagnosis with a CD4 of 220.

It was the second year that HAART existed and it was still the time of AZT and Crixivan which was hard on the system but I was in survival mode, so damn the side effects. Today I am on Viramune and Truvada generics. All my levels within normal range (or better).

I immediately informed my family and closest friends (like I would do were I to have a major operation or another life-threatening disease; also I lived 6000 miles away and showed up at their doorstep as it  were when I flew home to get my first treatment and pills). I didn't have one negative reaction though some people were obviously concerned. I had lost about 25 friends and acquaintances in the period 1982-1993, from that period I only have one friend who is still alive.

Today I have pretty good health, some pain issues and continuing dysthimya (chronic lower grade depression) which predates my hiv diagnosis. At 51 I don't know if it's age, hiv or the meds; I have a great doctor and regular check-ups and try to let the worry stop there.

In 2005 I found Aidsmeds and so many great people helped me, especially the long time survivors; these are the giants on whose shoulders I was allowed to stand.

There is a support group here , medicine is 100 times cheaper nowadays,
In 2009 I gave up the rat race and relationships that were no good; my peace of mind is the most important, I manage this with yoga and meditation but everyone will find something that suits them eventually. Some days are good and some days are bad.

How I love life.  :-*

Offline younghopefulpoz

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Re: 15
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2012, 10:13:29 AM »
Congrats:) Im glad that youre doing well. Godbless you and take care always. :)

Offline wolfter

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Re: 15
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2012, 10:19:15 AM »
Congrats, sounds like you've achieved postitive mental health.

Being honest is not wronging others, continuing the dishonesty is.

Offline newt

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Re: 15
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2012, 02:02:41 PM »
Where is the "like" button  :)

8 years on meds this week for me, so you are x 2 ahead. So glad I didn't have to do Crixivan. My mate was on the first UK trial of this drug (with AZT and 3TC) and gave it up cos it was so horrible.

- matt
« Last Edit: July 11, 2012, 02:24:08 PM by newt »
"The object is to be a well patient, not a good patient"


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