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Offline Joe K

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A Holiday Message
« on: November 21, 2006, 08:27:46 PM »
Dear AIDSMEDS Family,

As the holiday season approaches, many of us find that our joy is tempered with sadness at our loss of loved ones, family and friends.  While we might tolerate those losses fairly well year round, for many, the Holiday season amplifies that loss.  So for all of us who have suffered a loss, I offer the following from the works of Angelo Patri, he writes:

“In one sense, there is no death.  The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond their departure.  You will always feel that life touching yours; that voice speaking to you; that spirit looking out of other eyes, talking to you in the familiar things they touched, work with, loved as familiar friends.  They live on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew them.”

Even with all of the losses, as I prepare for the season and speak with family, friends and continue to enjoy this forum and all of you, I find that the spirit of this season remains.  The Holiday season is one of love and fellowship; a season of generosity and faith and are all qualities that our past and present family and friends share in abundance.  They also epitomize the type of family that we share here.

I have been fortunate to know many people, both past and present, all of which demonstrate compassion, generosity, understanding and acceptance.  And when I think of these qualities, I can once again experience the joy of the Holidays.

Let us then revel in the spirit of past and present loved ones, family and friends, as we celebrate this Holiday season.

From our hearts to yours: Wishing you all Happy Holidays!

Offline Eldon

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2006, 08:34:32 PM »
Hey Joe,

I want to thank you for taking the time out to share you words of inspiration with the forum family. It is truly appreciated and it does show where your heart resides in this life. Happy Holidays! Take care of YOU!

Make the BEST of each Day!

Offline AlanBama

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2006, 08:49:13 PM »
Dear Joe,

I wish you and Stephen the happiest of holidays, and hope you have a wonderful 2007!   May all your dreams come true.

Funny, all the people I have lost in my life come to me sometimes in my dreams...I still feel very close to them.   Sometimes I wake up and I could swear I had just been with my Dad, or my cousin Mark who died from AIDS in 1990.   They really do live on in us.

Love & hugs,

"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2006, 12:38:46 AM »

That is so true. I believe that when love ones pass their spirits remain and communicate with you. Til this day I still talk with my parents. I even believe my cat can see them. I remember after failing my driver's test twice and was going back for the 3rd try, I prayed to my spirit guides to help me and they did I passed the test.
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
3/3/09---Starting Back on Meds---
4/27/09 CD4- 664 VL-- undetectable
6/17/09 CD4- 438 VL- 439
8/09 CD4- 404 VL- 1,600
01-22-10-- CD4- 525 VL- 59,000
Cherish the simple things life has to offer

The Royal Blog

Offline Terry

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2006, 07:42:18 PM »


It is because of people like you, that I never feel alone in this life.

If you receive back in life a tenth of what you have given to others, You’ll most likely be embarrassed by your wealth.

Happy Holidays.

Offline anniebc

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2006, 08:43:37 PM »
Dearest Joe

Exactly what Terry said..you are worth your weight in gold.

Love and hugs always to you and Stephen, I hope you both have a wonderful holiday

Jan :-*
Never knock on deaths door..ring the bell and run..he really hates that.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2006, 08:48:07 PM »
Hello Joe,

Wishing you and Steven a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy the holiday !!

All my best------Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 20mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 9/24/2017

Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/18/2017,  Viral load remains <40
CD 4 @358 /  CD4 % @ 13

 65 years young.

Offline Jeffreyj

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2006, 09:31:44 PM »
Thanks for that nice message. I wish you and all of us here a Happy Thanksgiving.
Positive since 1985

Offline Joe K

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2006, 01:04:55 PM »
Hopefully all of our members will find some joy and peace during this hoiiday season.  Thank you all for your kind words and Terry, I get much more than a tenth back as I have been enriched far beyond my wildest dreams.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: A Holiday Message
« Reply #9 on: November 23, 2006, 01:17:15 PM »
Hoping you and Stephen have a sweet, sweet holiday however you're spending it, Joe.

Andy Velez


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