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You all don't know how absolutely thrilled I am right now to find fellow Christians on here! I'm relatively new to this site and liked it immediately but now I know it was meant for me to log on to here. As a Christian living with hsv2 it was hard...my faith took a hit. It didn't knock me out cold but it did drop me to my knees (Best praying position though!). I was ashamed to go to anyone in my church for support b/c I didn't want any kind of judgment or speculation. My husband and I have been in a committed relationship for 11 yrs (and married for the last 6)...this was something that neither one of us expected at this point in our lives. But God is sooo Good and He's held me, carried me, walked with me and supported me when I didn't feel like I could make it. There were days when I first found out that I can't even remember...the only way I could've gotten thru those days was Him. When I found out I had hsv2, the office where I work, my co-worker was going to be out of work for 2 months for surgery, another had some health issues and was back and forth out of work. And I called from work to get the results, so it was like I had to hold everything in for weeks until I could take some time to try and cope with this. I felt stuck like I was working outside of myself. But through prayer, support from the few that do know, and my ever increasing faith I'm getting thru. I just wanted to introduce my self...give I big Hello and to tell u all to watch out for positive praises from me...I think we've had enough negatives:flowers:. God Bless You All!

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I know how you feel. I had been married for 28 years when I contracted it from my husband, who had no clue he even had it. He's never had a symptom at all. After that many years of marriage, I never thought I'd be dealing with a STD. It's not exactly something to bring up for the church to pray for you about! It did knock me to my knees as well, but it's part of me now and it does not effect who I am in Christ or what I can still do for him.

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herpes is an ant that God and us together can squash under our feet. It should have no power in our lives-give it power and attention then it becomes worse and our focus goes away from God! He knows us and loves us, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow-nothing you can do or change about you will make Him love you more than what He does already..which is SO MUCH :D We have eternity with Him, which is what really matters

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it put me on my knees, I hit rock bottom, as I have a low positive, I struggle with the thought of having a another positive from another specialized test would destroy me, but could clear me, then I'd retest that one too 16 weeks later, to make sure etc.... my friend pray for me during this time, seems selfish as others are fighting a more ligitament things like cancer etc. I never prayed harder or such sorrow as I'm feeling right now..guilt about that too :( ugg this is terrible... good that u are married and have support here on earth as in the heavens

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