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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I'm still alive and kickin' and read everything which other folks write in the comments section and try to respond to each of them. Thank you for taking the time to post your thoughts. This morning, a comment came across my email and I read this post which I hadn't read in a very long time and got reinspired all over again by my own dang words. So a thank you to the commenter for bringing this topic back for me to read.

Every opportunity that I get to mention herpes to health care professionals, I do it now, because it amazes me how little some of these "Dr's" really know or understand about herpes. Many of them are still not even able to "look at it" and say to themselves "looks like herpes" and run a test for confirmation. Each time I "tell" it continues to give me more and more strength and I tell them too "it's JUST a virus" and they all agree and are amazed by my attitude. Mind you, I also tell them that yes, I do tell when I need to (except when I'm dreaming -lol-)

I'm currently 49 years old and still have never been married, but I have other issues which have gotten in the way (being overweight) and I believe that in the past, I used my being overweight to protect me from having to "tell" and no one showed any interest and I wasn't ready to deal with it quite yet anyway. I haven't given up hope, still want to spend the rest of my life with that "some man special" and have taken steps to improve my weight (have lost 134 lbs in the past year), so eventually, I'll be reposting again as my life journey, living with herpes continues. I'm anxious and excited, but as long as I hold onto my beliefs, I'll be OK and I'll still be able to hold my head high.

I agree, the stigma which surrounds herpes is definitely the downer. Big time!!

Hang in there folks. You'll be just fine. Fortunately, I can be proud, knowing that I have raised a very strong young man all on my own as a single mother. That alone gives me so much pride. I've paid for my life, all on my own, without the help of a man, but yet, I still miss the hell out of having that someone special in my life...

All in good time :-)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't know where else to write so I picked here. I just want to thank you. I've had this virus for about a year now. I've told more people than I ever thought I would. Cause I know I'm so not alone with this.

My doctor never fully explained everything and maybe I wasn't paying attention cause at the time I was in denial. But I've been letting the water run forever over the soap scrubbing my hands a million times then fretting over whats going to happen next.

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. I've had only one outbreak through this all. But I know its there lurking in the background. But I'm rambling. Again thank you. I've read a lot tonight and you've given me a slice of peace. Thank you!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5:26:00 AM  
Blogger Luanne said...

Good morning Anonymous (Wednesday, July 28, 2010 5:26:00 AM)

That happens when the Dr. tells you because you're not so much in denial, but in shock about what you've just learned. Fortunately, you're able to come to my blog and so many other places on the internet to gather information and thoughts from others who've been down this path. Basically, there's not much we can do about it but learn to cope and move forward. I'm glad to hear that you are coming to terms (for the most part :-) You are not herpes, just keep telling yourself that. You are you and are so much more. Don't let it define yourself. You won't die from this. It's NOT the end of the world. And save yourself some money on the soap, just basic body care is sufficient. :-)

I'm glad that you have found some peace in my words and blog. Hang in there. You'll do just fine. What other choice do you have :-)

p.s. - it's ok to ramble. I do it ALL the time lol

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 11:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been reading a lot about why there is no cure yet for herpes and seems like there is are no funds. Is there a way to donate money to the cure??

Thursday, December 16, 2010 12:49:00 PM  
Blogger Luanne said...

I honestly don't know if there is a way to donate to "a cure". I honestly don't believe there will ever be "a cure". Possibly a vaccine to protect others in the future, but I'm not thinking a cure will happen in our lifetime. There are more pressing medical issues that are life saving and are cure worthy. Herpes won't kill us, so it's not at the top of the "cure list".

Thursday, December 30, 2010 3:15:00 PM  

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