A Special Victory

I received my new labs on Thursday. I reached a goal I had set for myself when I was first diagnosed. My CD4 is 265, up from 178 three months ago. Yay!

When I was diagnosed almost 3 years ago my CD4 count was 12. This may not seem so great to a few, but this is amazing to me. I really didn’t expect to reach my goal this soon. Especially since one doctor had told me it took one of his patients 7 years to reach a CD4 of 200. I am very happy to reach this milestone and am now thinking what my next goal should be. I know my main goal is to always stay as healthy as I can. I try to avoid other illnesses but still live my life.

I take all my meds daily (12 pills). I see my HIV doctor every 3 months and I go to all my other appointments with other specialists. I try to obey their orders. I see my therapist every few weeks and try to keep my stress level down. I am happy to be alive and fairly healthy. I hope all my fellow tribers are too.

*This post was adapted from a message originally published in the “Let’s talk About It Magazine.”


1 thought on “A Special Victory

  1. Now, in September 2014, my last labs showed my CD4 was up to 372. I was worried a bit since my labs had dropped from 265 back to below 200 for about 9 months. I had a couple of viruses last year and that set me back a little. So happily I am celebrating being up to 372 in July and hoping these next ones are the same or higher.
    This disease is one step forward and two steps back sometimes. Remember everything in our life can affect our health and try to avoid other sick people and stress in our life. My illnesses seem to come from my littlest granddaughter (her two year immunizations), and we know how we love them but they can be germy little humans. Remember to stay away from children getting their immunizations and childhood illnesses. Young children are sometimes given the live virus and that is dangerous for those of us with any serious illness. An ounce of prevention can be the best medicine we can receive.

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