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About Yoshi2me - It's Just Me!

I can't believe how much I have learned and grown from having contracted something I thought had somehow tainted me. Maybe it's because I'm getting older or because I did really take the time I needed to heal myself from the "horrors" of a herpes diagnosis.

I know this is going to sound shocking to some but having herpes doesn't seem all that horrifying any more. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not proud that I have herpes, I just realize that there is so much more to leave and as with other things it's just a little bump in the road. I'm also not ashamed to have it. It comes up many times when I least expect it to and that's when I'm able to share and hopefully make a difference in someone else's life. It's all about perspective, right? 

I think you probably get what I'm trying to say.

Ok, so I've babbled enough and now it's time for you to keep reading so you can see where in the heck I came up with the name Yoshi2me.

I came up with the screen name Yoshi2me years ago. It seems like it was only yesterday I was trying to find my own special secret name. Thanks to my online advocacy work helping others it's not such a big secret any longer and I'm glad. I finally feel as though a weight has been lifted from my shoulders now that more and more are starting to realize who I am and what it is I'm trying to accomplish with this site.

But what does Yoshi2me mean?

One day I received some beautiful flowers with no name on the card. The only words on the card were: "Just because Yoshi." After trying to figure out what it all meant, a friend of mine told me that Yoshi means "Beautiful." I had herpes for a little while and did *not* feel beautiful at all. Eventually, I decided that I needed to change my perception of myself. I finally decided to create a screen name that would serve as a friendly little reminder that I am beautiful in spite of having contracted herpes.

Yoshi + 2 + me = Yoshi2me

Since the inception of this screen name I have devoted my free time to helping others realize that they are not alone. Having Herpes, HPV or any other STD doesn't define who you are as a person.

A little bit of knowledge, compassion, understanding and anyone diagnosed with herpes or HPV will eventually come to a point where they will be accepting of themselves with a deeper appreciation for others.

If you have spent some quality time on this site then you probably picked up bits of information that tell you a little bit more about who I am and what I do as a volunteer patient advocate. Have you stumbled on my blog yet?

Hopefully you are enjoying the reviews, articles and comments that tell people what I really think about controversial issues and hot topics in the news. I am finding that blogging is a great way to say exactly what you mean without worrying about "big brother" looking over your shoulder. People are now writing in and asking questions and I'm sharing my own answers based on my personal experiences. If I don't know something I will tell you or point you in a direction where I think you'll be able to find the answers.

Sometimes having an alias on the world wide web is a good thing

That was the other reason why I chose to go with an alias name in the beginning. I just wanted to be able to do some digging on the internet and maybe ask some questions I wouldn't normally ask regular people face-to-face.

I highly recommend that you do the same if you are worried about someone finding out who you are. You might want to put your alias with one of those free e-mail accounts.

If you can avoid digging around on the internet from work that's probably a good thing because you can bet that there are people watching where you spend your time online. (Especially if you are at work.)

So now you know where Yoshi2me comes from, why I went with it in the beginning, and why it's still around on the internet today. Oh sure, it doesn't really tie in with the word herpes but who cares, right?

Yoshi2me means something to me and the significance of how it began and what it's all turned into is all that matters to me at this point in time. That and the fact that Yoshi2me is helping people every single day even if that one person is afraid to ask a question.

At least they have a place where they can come that doesn't necessarily scream herpes everywhere and they can read about it in peace.

If there is anything that I have learned over the years it's that you can take a bad situation and fix it so that good can come from it. I believe that is what I've done all these years.

If you'd like to write me I would love to hear from you. Chin up because your life has not ended! You have a lot more living to do! Peace!

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