I’ll refrain from giving my name (I don’t need to go fully public with EVERYTHING quiet yet) and just say that my name is KR. I was diagnosed with HSV-2, or herpes, on April 1st, 2011. Originally, I started this blog to make myself feel better about having herpes. Almost immediately after being diagnosed with HSV, I started writing a book. It’s about 70 pages, and it tells the story of my life and also my life with my ex-boyfriend who gave me herpes. I wanted so badly to publish a book to tell other young women (and men) with herpes that it was okay. I wanted to be an inspiration to someone and help them to feel less alone. After 2 months of writing everyday, I found it so emotionally taxing to write about good and bad times alike, I abandoned the project temporarily.
Instead of writing, I created this blog in hopes that I could feel better by putting my feelings out there where someone could read them (even if I had 0 followers). After a while, I established followers, and started answering questions. I’ve realized I’m pretty educated on the subject, all from reading as much information as I could get my hands on. I’m not a doctor. Let me repeat that. I’M NOT A DOCTOR. And any advice I give on this blog is simply my suggestions, conclusions from material I’ve read, or what worked for me.
I encourage any and all questions. I wish I was able to ask someone (other than my doctor) questions about herpes, (mostly because she didn’t know a lot about herpes anyway, and sent me home with “Taking Charge Of Your Life: Your DVD and guide to managing genital herpes” with no other guide), and get some kind of suggestion on how to take charge of my life after being diagnosed. I think the most important thing to getting your life back on track after being diagnosed is feeling like you’re not alone. I’m here to listen to any and all problems (herpes problems and anything else) and hopefully, I help you feel less alone.