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Living with HIV - in a sentence

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Spiritual-Inspirational

Published on October 27, 2008

Author: brettv72

Source: authorstream.com

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Am I going to feel good today? : Am I going to feel good today? I'm driving home and it crosses my mind, I'm HIV+. No, I have AIDS. Oh my God..."I HAVE AIDS". After a year, it still hits me like a brick. : I'm driving home and it crosses my mind, I'm HIV+. No, I have AIDS. Oh my God..."I HAVE AIDS". After a year, it still hits me like a brick. Good morning Lord. As You've (God) blessed me with another day to live for the cure, Amen. : Good morning Lord. As You've (God) blessed me with another day to live for the cure, Amen. Living with HIV/AIDS is like having a bad cold that just won’t go away until they find a cure. Other than that I don't think about it. : Living with HIV/AIDS is like having a bad cold that just won’t go away until they find a cure. Other than that I don't think about it. HIV does not control me or my thoughts. : HIV does not control me or my thoughts. Every morning I take a handful of pills and think, "I'm sick." : Every morning I take a handful of pills and think, "I'm sick." Nobody cried when my sister was diagnosed as diabetic and told she would have to go into a regimen to keep her healthy as long as possible. It is pretty much the same approach I'm taking. : Nobody cried when my sister was diagnosed as diabetic and told she would have to go into a regimen to keep her healthy as long as possible. It is pretty much the same approach I'm taking. When will my life feel normal again? : When will my life feel normal again? People ask me what is wrong, and I don't know how to answer. : People ask me what is wrong, and I don't know how to answer. I no longer believe that I'm going to die of this. : I no longer believe that I'm going to die of this. This is the most significant adjustment I have ever had to make. : This is the most significant adjustment I have ever had to make. It forced me to completely redefine who I was and what I was about. : It forced me to completely redefine who I was and what I was about. I am not defined by my virus, I am a person : I am not defined by my virus, I am a person HIV is a part of me, not the whole of me, I am in control : HIV is a part of me, not the whole of me, I am in control 26 years and counting, but not out !!!! : 26 years and counting, but not out !!!! I am 50 years old. I've had HIV for 8 years. Thanks to following me regimen, my doctor tells me I "only" have another 30 years or so to live.I can live with that. : I am 50 years old. I've had HIV for 8 years. Thanks to following me regimen, my doctor tells me I "only" have another 30 years or so to live.I can live with that. AIDS has taught me how to love more, live like there is no tomorrow, and not take for granted the simple pleasures life holds all around us. : AIDS has taught me how to love more, live like there is no tomorrow, and not take for granted the simple pleasures life holds all around us. EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. AND LET'S LOOK AT IT AS RESTORING OUR LIVES FOR THE BETTER. : EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. AND LET'S LOOK AT IT AS RESTORING OUR LIVES FOR THE BETTER. To be honest, I don't think about it anymore. : To be honest, I don't think about it anymore. I am wary and sometimes even afraid of any physical contact with others. : I am wary and sometimes even afraid of any physical contact with others. Why me? What did I do to deserve this? : Why me? What did I do to deserve this? I’m mad that in 2008 there is still a negative stigma attached to HIV. : I’m mad that in 2008 there is still a negative stigma attached to HIV. I feel constantly tired and worn out. : I feel constantly tired and worn out. HIV does not define me, however the side effects of the drugs (fatigue, diarrhea, etc) do.  HIV is not a death sentence and has taught me that living life, enjoying friends and family is important. : HIV does not define me, however the side effects of the drugs (fatigue, diarrhea, etc) do.  HIV is not a death sentence and has taught me that living life, enjoying friends and family is important. If I meet others that have a problem with being acquainted with someone who is positive that's their loss not mine cause I'm a great person regardless of the disease I have.  I do know there are people I have met (both positive and negative) that are uncomfortable with my openness about being positive, and I think that needs to change. : If I meet others that have a problem with being acquainted with someone who is positive that's their loss not mine cause I'm a great person regardless of the disease I have.  I do know there are people I have met (both positive and negative) that are uncomfortable with my openness about being positive, and I think that needs to change. After living with HIV and its side effects for almost 25 years, it is never out of my thoughts. : After living with HIV and its side effects for almost 25 years, it is never out of my thoughts. It makes me more appreciative of every day I have with my family. That honestly didn't come from being positive so much, but came about when I almost died from an opportunistic illness. : It makes me more appreciative of every day I have with my family. That honestly didn't come from being positive so much, but came about when I almost died from an opportunistic illness. Honestly I don't think much about it, it is part of my daily life and has become routine. : Honestly I don't think much about it, it is part of my daily life and has become routine. I am tired of feeling like I want my life to end. : I am tired of feeling like I want my life to end. I take my meds at night and then forget about it until time to take my meds again. : I take my meds at night and then forget about it until time to take my meds again. This is my blessing in disguise. : This is my blessing in disguise. For me it has fused with my conscience.  Now, not only does my inner voice tell me not to do harm, but every time I wake it tells me to make this best of this brand new day.  When I go to sleep at night that voice tells me “Congrats!  Another day under your belt!". : For me it has fused with my conscience.  Now, not only does my inner voice tell me not to do harm, but every time I wake it tells me to make this best of this brand new day.  When I go to sleep at night that voice tells me “Congrats!  Another day under your belt!". HIV taught me to LIVE LIFE : HIV taught me to LIVE LIFE Living with HIV is no different than the common cold; you can survive. Just let people know you are still breathing the same air as they are! : Living with HIV is no different than the common cold; you can survive. Just let people know you are still breathing the same air as they are! I HAVE HIV...HIV does NOT HAVE ME!!! : I HAVE HIV...HIV does NOT HAVE ME!!! We need public service announcements to let people know it is chronic, not a death sentence, not only gay men get it, advances have been made but still no cures and protection after HIV/AIDS is as important as is prevention. : We need public service announcements to let people know it is chronic, not a death sentence, not only gay men get it, advances have been made but still no cures and protection after HIV/AIDS is as important as is prevention. Thanks to my regimen I just gave birth to a HIV- daughter 3 months ago! : Thanks to my regimen I just gave birth to a HIV- daughter 3 months ago! It has been almost eleven years, but I am going to be one of the first females that beats HIV at its own game. : It has been almost eleven years, but I am going to be one of the first females that beats HIV at its own game. I'm tired all of the time. : I'm tired all of the time. Last month. I visited a child care. There is a 3 years old boy with a spot. Why him? Oh my GOD please help. : Last month. I visited a child care. There is a 3 years old boy with a spot. Why him? Oh my GOD please help. Thank you for the doctors and support groups who take good care of us. : Thank you for the doctors and support groups who take good care of us. I am HIV+, I can live and be healthy if I want to, the tools are at my disposal. : I am HIV+, I can live and be healthy if I want to, the tools are at my disposal. Gosh, i wish i had been smarter, I knew better than having unprotected sex, but... I have to deal with the consequences of my actions. : Gosh, i wish i had been smarter, I knew better than having unprotected sex, but... I have to deal with the consequences of my actions. It's a chronic illness not a death sentence. : It's a chronic illness not a death sentence. I have learned to be more active in my healthcare, working with the doctors not just going to see them. : I have learned to be more active in my healthcare, working with the doctors not just going to see them. It's like breathing for the first time, I am scared but another breath comes, I am alive. : It's like breathing for the first time, I am scared but another breath comes, I am alive. I am a survivor at everything that I do. As long as I take care of myself and continue to leave God in the midst of this chronic disease called HIV I know that I’ll be just fine. : I am a survivor at everything that I do. As long as I take care of myself and continue to leave God in the midst of this chronic disease called HIV I know that I’ll be just fine. BELIEVE ME I'M NOT GOING TO LET HIV WIN ME OVER.  I AM THE WINNER. : BELIEVE ME I'M NOT GOING TO LET HIV WIN ME OVER.  I AM THE WINNER. I am HIV+ because I had unprotected sex and I am reminded of it once a night when I take my Atripla. : I am HIV+ because I had unprotected sex and I am reminded of it once a night when I take my Atripla. I have a thousand thoughts that go through my mind, but I guess the one I think most is:  why me?  There is a cure out there somewhere; will I live to see my son grow, much less the next day?  I'm half positive and half negative on my thinking. : I have a thousand thoughts that go through my mind, but I guess the one I think most is:  why me?  There is a cure out there somewhere; will I live to see my son grow, much less the next day?  I'm half positive and half negative on my thinking. I just want to be normal again? : I just want to be normal again? To be cautious of the stigma in society but truly appreciate the natural beauty on this planet. After all, I'm POSITIVE in mind as well as status. : To be cautious of the stigma in society but truly appreciate the natural beauty on this planet. After all, I'm POSITIVE in mind as well as status. Being poz today is a breeze compared to 11 years ago. : Being poz today is a breeze compared to 11 years ago. Being 41 and having had it since 19 I sincerely do not know what it is like to live without it. Honestly, I simply can't remember what my life was like before getting the HIV positive test in my hands. : Being 41 and having had it since 19 I sincerely do not know what it is like to live without it. Honestly, I simply can't remember what my life was like before getting the HIV positive test in my hands. I can plan on living with HIV today vs 13 years ago. : I can plan on living with HIV today vs 13 years ago. I'm just starting my journey through HIV, but... I'm planning to stay alive as much as possible. : I'm just starting my journey through HIV, but... I'm planning to stay alive as much as possible.

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