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Today was dooms day

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Fighter27

I knew it was coming. I just knew it. The doctor said I have herpes. The disease I've been so afraid of for years and years I've contracted. I want to die now honestly. Everything in my life was so perfect...now this. Sweet Jesus I need someone. I can't run to my friends. I'm afraid to run to my bf. I've already told him and I'm afraid he won't stay much longer.....

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WilsoInAus

Hey hey you have done the right thing in coming here. I think we can find more light than heat here for you.

So important to start at the very beginning as Sister Maria says in The Sound of Music. 

How have you been diagnosed with herpes?

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Fighter27

Visually. But I have all the signs and symptoms. Fever, malaise, breakouts, pain & of course...depression. they sent out a swab yesterday. But I already know. What else could it be??

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WilsoInAus

Yeast, staph, molluscum, shingles...

If this is herpes and a primary infection then your bf is probably the source.

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Lisajd

If your life was perfect lucky you.  Your life can still be great with hsv.  It is the same as having cold sores.  You only fear it because of the stigma right?  You will be ok.  Many people come onto support sites feeling their life is over. Most go after a few weeks.  Some come back after a year and say how good their life is. 

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Fighter27

I'm gonna try to keep an open mind. I know it's so prevalent. I thought I was being careful. I'm sad and depressed. Then I thought, ....there are people dying at this moment but I'm wanting to die because of a skin disease.......how selfish of me. This isn't a death sentence. A nuisance, but not a death sentence. Hopefully this is the only outbreak I have (or if the doc calls and says this isn't herpes that would be even better).any tips on keeping this at bay if it is herpes?

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WilsoInAus

That is really mature, something to be really proud of in this mindset.

Maybe take hot baths with salts and blow dry the area when you get out. Get a heap of rest and drink stacks of water. There is very much an element of riding this out, time is a best friend.

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Elle22

If your life 'was' perfect, then it still is. You have gotten many viruses in your life and survived them without much of a second thought (I imagine). What helped me when I was first diagnosed was realizing that life was still okay and normal. Distractions were nice at first. I also enjoyed coming into the chatroom here and being able to talk about herpes as well as other everyday jokes and happenings. You'll be able to see that plenty of people have herpes and are okay, and you will be too. <3

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Gillybean

I think a laughter through tears would be a good thread.  When you can't change a situation sometimes you have to lighten your mood and get a chuckle.  For  instance I literally had a flavor ice icepop rigged up in my underpants.  Can you imagine anything that would be more embarrassing other than it falling out while in line at Walgreens?  It didn't but I did get a good laugh at the whole thing once I made it safely back to my car!  I've decided I am the same person I always was and will not feel bad about myself. Instead of crying about it at that moment when I thought "thank God for small favors.  The icepop stayed in my pants!"  Things can always be worse.  It's an inconvenience not a death sentence.  I will not let this get the best of me and I laughed at the absurdity of an icepop in my pants.  

 

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