21 Years Old and Putting Herpes in Perspective

by Holly

I am a 21 year old female. I am recently single, and recently made a bad choice. I've only been single for about a month. After breaking up with what I thought was the "love of my life" due to his compulsive lying, I let my emotions get the better of me.

I had sex with two people in the last month, one of which is my best friend and is amazing. The other guy was my ex's friend. He does not know of my outbreak and I'd like to think he had no idea because I was in the worst pain I've ever had. I went to the ER and the staff was very heartless with the situation. But they suspect I have herpes.

After doing my own research I believe their diagnosis was correct. I'm taking generic Valtrex at the moment, and have to wait until Monday to see a specialist. I'm full of questions and am very thankful for this website.

On the emotional aspect of things, my mind is in a better place. I didn't want to live like this but I guess life has its twists and turns. I woke up today with a new perspective on this dilemma. After all, life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you react to it.

I'm thankful that my current love interest happens to be my best friend and the most supportive man I've ever met. He's giving me strength through being here and by giving me advice because he is also living with an incurable disease called NF2. In the grand scheme of things living with genital herpes seems manageable over living with multiple brain and spinal tumors.

A big thanks to the success stories that I've read on here, I have much hope that I will not let this silly virus define me.

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