I was diagnosed with Herpes about 14 years ago. I have allowed it to limit and control me for most of that time. In many ways it has helped me to not get involved with people who did not deserve my energy. But in many other ways it has stopped me from living my life.
On November 4, 2008 I was diagnosed with Invasive Breast Cancer, Stage II. I’ve had a modified radical mastectomy, and just last week finished chemo. My current journey of learning how to cope with this particular diagnosis has finally in many ways put my herpes diagnosis into some perspective. Thinking about herpes now, I realize it can always be worse. Herpes won’t kill you, and it only limits you if you choose to let it. I chose to let it for many years. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not standing at my door shouting to the world I have herpes, but I do realize that it is not the worst thing life can deal you.
To everyone facing any devastating diagnosis, please remember, there are always things that are worse. Choose to live a full and happy life, whatever you define that to be. I’m finally working on making that my choice.