Sunday, December 6, 2009

Cerita seorang hamba bernama A

A...merupakan salah seorang hamba Allah yang menjadi pengunjung tetap blog TT suatu masa dahulu. Perkenalan di ruang maya dan kemudian bertukar-tukar telefon...dan akhirnya A menjadi sahabat TT yang sama-sama mengharungi liku-liku hidup sebagai penghidap HIV

pernah suatu ketika A menyuarakan hasratnya untuk melakukan treatment. Tetapi A rasakan dirinya tidak kuat untuk meneruskannya.

TT kuatkan semangat dia, even kadangkala semangat TT pun pudar..tapi demi A, TT beri kata-kata rangsangan untuk nya...melalui sms mahupun di talian telefon, TT sokong kehidupan +ve kami.

A dan TT sama-sama berkongsi pengetahuan tentang HIV. Kami sama-sama bercerita tentang lifestyle, pemakanan, supplementary food as well as cara hidup.

Walaupun kami sama-sama naive tentang HIV, tapi kami selalu mendapatkan informasi yang berguna di internet...dan setiap kali terdapat berita terkini dlm pengubatan HIV, pasti kami akan kongsikan bersama...

Seminggu sebelum Hari Raya Haji yang lalu, A menghantar message yg mengatakan dirinya tidak berapa sihat...dan setelah TT nasihatkan A untuk ke hospital akhirnya A didapati mengalami simptom berkaitan dengan paru-paru yg dijangkiti kuman

masa mula-mula TT dapat tau keadaan dia mmg buatkan TT jadi shocked.

Tapi TT tak nak tunjukkan sangat kegusaran di hati A...TT bagi kata-kata semangat utk A....nak tak nak dia kena ikut semua arahan doktor...

Alhamdulillah, berkat kesabaran A..dan juga kesungguhan nye utk terus menjalani hidup dgn lebih baik, A berjaya melepasi saat-saat getir yg mana stigma masyarakat tentang HIV masih lagi diperingkat tidak boleh diterima

Dan skrang A sudah keluar dari hospital dan telah mula berkerja...tak sia-sia la usaha TT untuk meyakinkan dia bahawa masih terdapat jalan utk pengidap HIV bagi meneruskan hidup...

buat A, kejadian yg berlaku kat ko benar-benar membukakan mata dan fikiran TT tentang apa yg akan berlaku suatu hari nanti...so sama-samalah kita bersedia dan kuatkan semangat untuk menghadapi hari-hari mendatang...

kita sama-sama taburkan keazaman...kikis perasan malu tentang apa yg ada pada tubuh kita...seharusnya kita tanam virus-virus ni jauh ke dalam tubuh dan pastikan ianya tidak membunuh kita secara berterusan...

semangat dan motivasi yg paling penting utk kita disamping menjalani cara hidup yang lebih menyihatkan...

TT tau, dilemma kita sebenarnya bukanlah kepada virus itu sendiri, tetapi kita takut pada stigma masyarakat sekeliling yg mengatakan pengidap HIV itu adalah hina!! dan sesungguhnya kita bukanlah sehina yang mereka sangkakan!!

hidup mesti terus!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Kekadang aku takut

kekadang aku takut untuk menghadapi hari esok...sebab aku tak pasti apa yg berlaku, samada ianya menggembirakan..atau sebaliknya? dan yang pasti hidup takkan semudah itu...pasti ada pahit yg akan terpaksa ditelan kan?

TT tak boleh melayari website yg berkaitan dengan HIV dan AIDS..TT rasa fobia...

kalo bole TT tak nak didedahkan sebarang info berkenaan HIV....dan sekiranya terpaksa, TT mula akan rasa gelisah...resah..

argh...sampai bila harus begini?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Badanku lemah, jiwaku kosong

TT just nak bgtau bahawa kesihatan TT sejak kebelakangan ini mmg teruk. Suhu badan yg tinggi, pening kepala, sakit perut...lemah tenaga. Lesu..

Argh..TT dah cuba persetankan semua tu. TT cuba untuk bergerak lebih aktif. Kerja yang memerlukan banyak tenaga telah TT lakukan di pejabat mahupun di rumah, tetapi TT rasa badan TT tetap lemahhhhh..

Adakah sudah sampai masa untuk TT melangkah ke alam dunia AIDS? ;(

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

TT rasa CD4 TT makin jatuh

Berdasarkan beberapa symptom yg TT alami lately, seolah2 CD4 TT jatuh merudum. Badan rasa penat semacam. Walaupon TT masih lagi mengamalkan pemakanan pil2 tambahan, tetapi rasa seolah-olah tidak bermaya.

Perut pun rasa macam tak selesa, berserta dengan badan-badan yang lemah dan lesu. Nak pergi buat body exercise pun rasa malas sangat.

Macam mana ye caranya nak settlekan semua ni.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dinner for tonite


Mee udang



Chicken scallop


ni daun kering yer..bukan utk di makan!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Suara Angsa

Ada sapa2 taw mcm mana suara angsa?

Dengar video clip di bawah dan pasti akan kedengaran beberapa suara angsa yang keluar.

*angsa yang makan banyak sgt ketupat & lemang

huhuh


video

Bila CD4 di bawah paras 400

Terdapat beberapa perkara penting yang TT boleh summarize bila CD4 TT jatuh di bawah paras 400. Seperti yang anda ketahui, bacaan CD4 TT yang terbaru adalah 329. Dan beberapa simptom berikut yang TT alami recently:-

1. pembuangan air besar yang tidak menentu
2. lemah-lemah badan dan mengantuk terutama pada waktu maghrib
3. hidung rasa flu, dan suhu badan tinggi 36-37 degree Celsius

Apa yang TT tau, semuanya ni bergantung kepada pemakanan dan body exercise yang patut TT lakukan. Tapi berat rasanya nak makan sesuatu yang menyihatkan atau ke gymnasium atau sekurang-kurang berjogging di pusat rekreasi.

Tengokla nanti, harap-harap TT diperkuatkan keazaman untuk melakukan semua itu. Mode raya masih ade lagi ni...open house je memanjang. Huhuh..insyaAllah, mulai minggu dpan bolehlah start exercise kat gym. Hopefully!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The First Man To Be Cured of AIDS (Thebody.com)

Up until now, we've never been able to say that a person infected with HIV/AIDS has been cured. As I said, up until now.

You see, in 2006, something incredible happened in a hospital in Berlin. It was there, thanks to a unique and risky stem cell transplant, that a man may have become the very first person ever to be fully cured of HIV/AIDS.

This man's name has not been released; he's only known as the Berlin patient. But we know he's an HIV-positive American in his 40s who has been working in Berlin. In 2006, he was diagnosed with acute leukemia. In an attempt to treat his leukemia AND his HIV, the man's doctor -- Dr. Gero Hütter -- arranged for him to receive a stem cell transplant from a very special donor.

Ever since that transplant, the Berlin patient has had an undetectable viral load even though he hasn't been on HIV/AIDS treatment since before the transplant. The man has generously allowed scientists to take almost every possible biopsy and test, including the most ultrasensitive HIV tests available, but HIV has not been detected anywhere in his body. It's now almost three years since this operation and HIV still seems not to have reemerged. His story inspires new hope that some sort of gene therapy may be the key to an HIV cure.

Dr. Jeffrey Laurence, the chief scientist at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, has become the main contact in the U.S. regarding the Berlin patient, and he remains in close contact with Dr. Hütter, the Berlin patient's doctor. In September of 2008, Dr. Laurence organized a fascinating think tank of top HIV scientists to discuss the patient's case. They all agreed that the patient is "functionally cured." In this interview, Dr. Laurence tells us a little about that meeting, and about the Berlin patient's amazing story.

An HIV-Positive American Man in Berlin Needs a Stem Cell Transplant and His Doctor Tries a Daring Experiment

Welcome, Dr. Laurence.

Do you believe a cure for HIV/AIDS will be developed in your lifetime?
Yes
No

Thank you.

Let's start from the very beginning. Tell us about the patient who appears to have been cured of his HIV.

I've been following this individual, trying to replicate what happened to him in others, for a couple of years now in the interests of research.1

This is a 42-year-old gentleman who's actually from Seattle, from the United States, but who is living in Germany.

He had HIV since about the age of 30, was successfully treated with a cocktail of drugs, and was doing very well with no detectable virus in his blood. His T-cell counts were over 400. He was basically a poster person for the way we can successfully treat HIV disease now. He was doing fine, with no complications.

Then unfortunately, in March of 2007, at the age of 40, he developed a kind of leukemia -- we call it acute myelogenous leukemia, or AML -- that typically requires a bone marrow transplant. He went to a hematologist, Dr. Gero Hütter, in Berlin and was treated with the standard drugs for this type of leukemia. Seven months later, this patient experienced a relapse of his leukemia. (And that's not uncommon; that happens maybe 50 percent of the time.) This time, he was again given the standard treatment for patients with leukemia who are in relapse. But he was also given what we call a stem cell transplant. It's like a bone marrow transplant, except instead of extracting cells quite painfully, and under anesthesia, from a donor's bone marrow, we just take it from his or her blood.

What was unusual about the particular transplant done on this patient was the extra step taken when selecting the donor. Normally, when locating a potential donor for a person with or without HIV and leukemia, we would go through the worldwide registry of people who had agreed to donate stem cells or bone marrow.

There are about 13 million people who are on this computerized donor list now. The Berlin patient's physician went through the 13 million people and found 232 people who were identical tissue-type matches for this patient. Any one of those 232, if they agreed to come in and donate their stem cells, presumably would have been an excellent match for this patient. But with the patient's approval, the doctor went a step further.

It's known that if you're lucky enough to have this mutation, the delta32 CCR5, from both your parents -- something we call homozygous, technically -- you are resistant to getting infected by most forms of HIV.

The doctor had a great idea. He said, "Why don't we try to do something a little better than that? Why don't we think about curing not only your leukemia with the stem cell transplant, but also your HIV?" The thought there was, let's take all 232 potential donors and screen them for a genetic mutation that would make those cells resistant to getting infected with virtually all known types of HIV.

This is a relatively infrequent -- I wouldn't say rare -- condition, since it's found in somewhere between 1 and 2 percent of white Americans and Western Europeans; in about 4 percent of people from Scandinavian countries; and in no Africans, African Americans or Asians, which tells you something about the genetics of racial splits way back when.2

What is this genetic mutation due to?

The mutation is called delta32 CCR5, and it was discovered about 10 years ago.3 In fact, one of the groups that discovered it did so with funding from amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), an organization that I work with.

It's known that if you're lucky enough to have this mutation, the delta32 CCR5, from both your parents -- something we call homozygous, technically -- you are resistant to getting infected by most forms of HIV.

The transplant was done, and it was successful. About a year later, the patient had a relapse of his leukemia and required a second transplant. Now, in this time, the patient had no HIV viral load and had good T-cell levels despite the fact that his antiviral drugs were stopped.1 His virus didn't come back and his T-cell levels remained high -- that's the miracle of this patient.

Could you explain what the purpose of a stem cell transplant is and exactly what happens during the procedure?

What we're trying to do is kill off all of the leukemic cells in a person's body. Leukemia comes from cancerous white blood cells, and the process of killing off those cells means treating the person with as many drugs that are toxic to blood-forming cells as the person will tolerate.

"And what if that virus were to pop out from hiding, from a latent state, from dormancy? It would presumably be prevented from taking over this person's body again and growing as if he had been newly infected, because the cells that he was given from the donor are resistant to infection by HIV. That's the key part of what we've done here."

In this instance, the person was 40 years old and could tolerate things very well. He was given radiation therapy to his whole body. He was given two immunosuppressive drugs. He was given a serum prepared in a rabbit immunized with human T cells -- like kind of an antibody to kill off a person's T cells. He was also given a multitude of drugs that cannot only kill leukemia cells, but can also kill immune cells.

So he was basically an empty vessel. All of his own stem cells and all of his own bone marrow blood-forming cells were utterly destroyed. If you just left him alone, he would die within a week or two. But this person obviously was rescued, as you need to be, with stem cells taken from the blood of the donor. (Stem cells can also be obtained from bone marrow.)

All of the blood-forming cells in this Berlin patient's body were replaced with donor cells. There was nothing that was genetically identifiable in terms of blood-forming cells -- in terms of T cells susceptible to HIV infection -- that looked like the recipient. It was all from the donor.

As I mentioned, this was a very special donor who had been selected. A Wall Street Journal article was written about this case.4 The article subheading was, in part, "Many Thanks, Sample 61," because of the 232 people that they could have used for this transplant, whose tissue types were perfectly reasonable to give to the Berlin patient -- and they tested every single one of them -- number 61 turned out to have the delta32 CCR5 mutation that would make the cells being put back into the body of the Berlin patient resistant to virtually any kind of HIV we know of.

To answer the question, "What if there's a virus lurking in this person's brain, hair follicle or fingernail?" Whatever you want to postulate? And what if that virus were to pop out from hiding, from a latent state, from dormancy? It would presumably be prevented from taking over this person's body again and growing as if he had been newly infected, because the cells that he was given from the donor are resistant to infection by HIV. That's the key part of what we've done here.

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