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Happy Thanksgiving - Canadians-
      #274205 - 10/12/13 02:52 AM

Well another Thanksgiving weekend is upon us here in Canada, another summer season well stored away and memories entered into video libraries or scrapbooks. It's at this time of year that many give thanks for a bountiful harvest, family and friends, their health and well being ...

This has been a year of enlightenment for me, as most who have read my previous posts and know me on this site. This was the year that I was diagnosed with HIV, the year I gave up drinking, the year I found myself. I changed because of a number of factors, HIV being one of them, I embraced it and made it my own ... one of the many tools to really reflect and see who I was and how I want to be!

As I, and many other Canadians, this Thanksgiving long weekend sit down to turkey dinner with all the trimmings ... let us be thankful that we are still here, that research has made HIV not the big nasty it once was. That we have courage now to face this and family to support us and encourage us forward. Be thankful for the change it has done to us, if you are one of the lucky one's who accepted it as a catalyst for change.

In this forum this weekend, share what you are thankful for (HIV related or not) ... and we will do this again in November when we celebrate Thanksgiving the US way. Take the opportunity to smile at someone, bring a smile to someone ... share in our thanks to whatever or whoever keeps our little speck of dirt spinning in space.

Most important be thankful that we are here, that we are surviving, that we are heading into the very busy holiday season and that we be safe and really enjoy how far we've come, who we are and who we are with.

anotherday ... in paradise!
daily ponder ... be the reason someone smiles today!

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving - Canadians- new
      #274207 - 10/12/13 03:04 AM

Wonderful.....I wish you really well, and all the best I can think of...

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving - Canadians- new
      #274213 - 10/12/13 08:17 PM

Blessings to you and your family on holiday.
I, too, have taken diagnosis as "catalyst for change". I quit sleeping around, quit drinking three years ago. Tested for HIV right after, negative then. Never returned for retesting. Bad mistake. Didn't discover HIV until OIs and dangerously bad numbers last fall. I believe I was not emotionally nor mentally prepared for the diagnosis back then...Only after growth, sobriety, change, was I able to accept the diagnosis and become adherent in all ways...
I am thankful for this board which has educated me, supported me, and enabled me to make contact with others just like me. This Thanksgiving will be my second post diagnosis. I am even more thankful this year that I survived one more. Definitely a time to reflect.

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Re: Happy Thanksgiving - Canadians- new
      #274249 - 10/17/13 01:56 PM

Happy Thanksgiving then. I know this must be late though. I haven't tried turkey ever since. Well turkey isn't that much popular here. Filipinos would want to eat lechon as we call it or roasted pig rather than eating turkey.

Anyway, it's great that you're taking this thing positively. We all have to do it. There are still so many good things out there.

Happy Thanksgiving then.

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