Re: Feeling Betrayed
Hey guys, it definitely does get better!
This disease is NOT a life ruining thing. I know it feels that way right now. But I want you to understand that the reason it feels so horrible is because this disease is so stigmatized. That means that everyone is hush hush about it, joking about it, or insinuating that only sexually promiscuous people get herpes. They don't understand the disease and thus can't discuss it maturely.
So forget about them. Learn what you can about the disease and try confiding in one of your closest friends, a parent, a counsellor about it. The people who love you, truly, love you for YOU not for your health status. Just because you have herpes does not make you a nasty, rude, horrible person, any less intelligent or beautiful or sexy. Really! It doesn't. It is just a rough blow to you at first as you accept this into your life.
The best way to get back on your feet is to talk to someone. Do positive things for yourself, take care of yourself, be healthy and happy and nurture all the good things inside of you. When you feel good about yourself again, go out, meet people, have fun. Do not rush into anything, get to know people and when you find someone you are really into, have that conversation with them. If they don't want you because you have a skin disease, then forget about them.
Before I met my current (herpes-free) partner, I worried I wouldn't find anyone who would love me with my herpes. But, I joked with myself that having herpes almost acts as a "screening method" to keep the jerks away. It worked! My current partner is amazing and accepts me as I am. Herpes and all! You will find someone like this too, just stay positive.