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JoAnn
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Living with HIV not dying from it.
      #2701 - 04/05/00 11:37 AM

I am living with HIV not dying from it. At first people generally think that it is a death sentence when you are Diagnosed with HIV. WEll I thought that was at first too. But just because my immune system isn't working at its maximun doesn't mean that I am going to let this virus kill me. I think that there is a time for everyone to die and there is a reason for everything to happen. One of my friends and I think that if we can help stop atleast one person from getting HIV/AIDS we are accomplishing what our reasoning for this happening to us.
I went through some really major deppression and was in the hospital for it, but as long as I take me medication everyday I know that I will live through this. And in the long run if this IS what kills me, I know that I have helped others to deal with it So I know that my job is done.

If anyone ever want to write me feel free to. My e-amil address is joann.w@usa.net

Sincerely,
JoAnn



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M..
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Re: Living with HIV not dying from it. new
      #2704 - 04/05/00 11:39 AM

JoAnn,

That's a very encouraging e-mail you sent. It's nice to hear uplifting stories like yours.

I do have a question though, how does everyone afford meds. One reason I'm afraid to get tested is due to the expense of the meds. Yes, I do have a job but will they pay?




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JoAnn
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      #2705 - 04/05/00 11:40 AM

There is a way that you don't have to pay for the medicine, in case you don't have a drug card or anything I guess that They come through the mail and it is based on salary. At this time I am not sure what it is, I can ask my friend to find out for sure.
If it would come out positive you would be assigned a case worker in your area, and most of the time if you can't afford the medication they can pay for it.





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M..
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      #2708 - 04/05/00 11:41 AM

Thank you JoAnn. I will be getting a physical in a few weeks and I will try to muster up the courgage to talk to my doctor about an Aids test.

Thank you for your response, it makes me feel better knowing that I won't have to sell my furniture for meds.



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Jamie
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Re: Living with HIV not dying from it. new
      #2710 - 04/05/00 11:41 AM

Wow! I am glad that you are doing better. It is good that you are fighting the odds and going on with life. I ahd a relitive die of AIDS and it wasw just awful. I was wondering how you feel about the medical use of marijuana for suffering AIDS patients?
Thanks,
Jamie






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JoAnn
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      #2712 - 04/05/00 11:42 AM

Jamie,
that is wierd that you have that name My sister is getting married to a guy named Jamie too. The use of Marijuana for AIDS patients I am totally with it. I think that it does help with the pain that a lot of people have with the AIDS. I know that it is hard to loose someone that you are close to. I have lost a couple of friends to AIDS and that was the hardest thing that I ever had to see, and seeing them go through the pain didn't help matters any that is what makes me so sure that I am going to live with HIV not die from it



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Bentley
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Re: Living with HIV not dying from it. new
      #2714 - 04/05/00 11:43 AM

It is good to know that you have a good attitude. I have seen deaths door and returned. I am now living a life I love versus surviving an illness. Attitude, to me, is the most important healing tool. Very few of the people who were in my situation are alive right now. With support and a desire to get the most out of life, you would never know that I have aids and cancer



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Re: Living with HIV not dying from it. new
      #98939 - 05/19/04 05:18 PM

dear m.
just because u are afraid of the cost of meds to find outwhether u are+ or not should not stop u worry about that after u test there are alot of programs to help with meds and medical care i have been + for 8 yrs and still have an undetectable viral load and great cd4 count without medsbut please for your loved ones sake be tested


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