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  1. justagirl72

    I'm back!

    I was diagnosed with H almost 4 years ago. This forum saved my life. For the past 3 years I was in a wonderful relationship. My first and only disclosure. I thought he was my forever person. We bought a house and discussed marriage often. Unfortunately, things did not work out. I'm devastated for a lot of reasons, obviously. Recently, I reconnected with an old friend. We have been on a couple dates. He is extremely sweet and I enjoy my time with him. I don't necessarily see this as a long term thing, but I wouldn't mind having a physical relationship with him. I'm very nervous to disclose as I've only done it once since my diagnosis. I'd like to think I am comfortable with my status considering I just spent 3 years in an accepting relationship but who knows. I am navigating new waters now. I guess I'm just nervous. I honestly really just need to take some time to myself but this guy is eagerly planning dates and it has been awhile since I've had someone who wants to do things with me loll. My ex never wanted to do anything. Thoughts on disclosing by text message? Honestly, that's the only way id do it right now, I think. He is a nurse so that gives me some hope. I've already dropped the bomb that I still live with my ex so I'm currently carrying a lot of baggage already. Add in the fact that I have been back in contact with and spending time with my giver... It wouldn't be my life if it wasn't a sh*tshow. Anyway, long winded. I have a lot of supportive people in my life in terms of the breakup but few who know the next layer and insecurity faced with my diagnosis. tldr; thoughts on disclosing by text. Also, any supportive pearls of wisdom around being single again while having H. Xo
  2. Perhaps, an exaggeration BUT the point is my life has improved dramatically since finding out I have H. Who would have thought? Of course, like everyone, it was not all rainbows and butterflies. It was dark and terrible and scary. I threw myself a pity party for awhile, but eventually I knew that I had to put my big girl panties on and deal with it. I will play a lot of characters in my life, but a victim will not be one of them. A lot of ridiculous things happened when I found out I had H. I found out the guy I got it from had a girlfriend who he lived with and had been lying for months and then I got back together with my ex. I went from one bad situation to an even worse one. (don't worry, this story does have a Brightside...we're getting there). The first 3 months I had weekly outbreaks. I have been down in my life before, but I went to a dark place. Even though my ex really helped me to see that H did not define me, I quickly realized he only liked me when I was broken. As soon as I started to perk up, his awful behavior came back. So, I got out of the relationship with my ex and really examined all parts of my life. I realized I was just floating along and I hated that. I started dating again and it turns out that H DOES make a great wingman. I had been seeing a guy for a few weeks who I had great chemistry with, but who otherwise bored me to death. Without H, I definitely would have started sleeping with him and wasted my time for a few months having great sex without anything more than a surface level connection. So, instead, another guy came in to my life. H made me really think about what I wanted out of a relationship...outside of a physical connection (which up until H I had used as a crutch in all of my relationships with men and as a way to say as emotionally unattached as possible-hello unhealthy!) and instead of disclosing to the guy I'd been seeing for weeks...I stopped talking to him and disclosed to the new guy after like...a week. He barely flinched and was so impressed with my honesty. That was a couple months ago and every day with this man is my favorite day. Thanks H! Also, another realization H gave me was that I was working myself to death at 2 jobs and just doing a lot of goal planning without any real follow through. I'd been making so many excuses for too long. I'd convinced myself I was happy with zero free time or time to myself. THEN my fulltime job announced they were doing layoffs. COOL. In a weird twist of fate, I applied to a job that interested me but I probably wouldn't have otherwise applied to had I not gotten this brand new outlook on life because I was sure I wasnt qualified. Great news...I start on May 2nd and I will make enough money to, for the first time in my life, work ONE job. It's been almost a year since H and if you would have asked me where I thought my life was going...this would not have been my answer. I am happier and healthier than ever. If you're feeling down and out...please don't. H is only as bad as you make it. It actually CAN be an opportunity. It's a great time to really look at yourself and all the parts you hate. Sure, that's scary but that's how you grow.
  3. justagirl72

    Success! but...

    Update time! So... after I disclosed, he did say he has questions and then never brought it up again. We have since slept together (a few times ;)) and it's been great. He's never wavered or been anything less than supportive. He brought up the fact that he does have things he wants to ask, but they obviously don't affect his decision to want to have sex with me. I was afraid he would freak out afterwards. Mainly because my ex did that pretty frequently and it made me feel awful. But he's done nothing like that. And actually... we were having sex over the weekend, and he literally stopped mid thrust (sorry!tmi) and was like, "serious question, can I take this condom off and just assume the risk" and I told him absolutely not. And we went back and forth because he said he's an adult and he can make that choice blah blah blah. And I actually got really upset (and honestly kind of cried lol) because it is also MY choice to protect him. Once he saw how visibly upset I got he backed off. I understand guys don't like condoms, it's their choice to use them, but that's how I effing got in to this situation in the first place. So, blah. Maybe one day we can stop using them if that's really how he feels, but I'm personally not ready for that. I need to find the transmission rates!
  4. justagirl72

    Success! but...

    Hello friends! After a first few horrendous months with H, I finally began looking at it as a blessing in disguise. I've finally had to slow down and make emotional connections with men rather than masking everything with sex. I recently met a new guy and things moved really quickly... more emotionally than physically which is totally new ground for me... but thanks H for forcing this to happen! Besides my giver and my ex who I mistakenly got back together with for a second, he was the first guy I've had to disclose to. Due to these circumstances, I disclosed A LOT sooner than I thought I was going to. I had no idea how he was going to react. We really haven't known each other long, but we hit it off in a crazy way. So I just laid it all out there and then pretty much assumed he was going to bail but he handled it perfectly. And he kept asking me if I was okay after telling him. Like... shouldn't I be asking him that?! I do know that he is nervous and I've given him statistics and encouraged him to do his own research. I just can't get over how well he took my disclosure. He didn't ask for time or space to process it. I watched him work it through his head and he did say that it sucks, but it isn't the end of the world. But I'm still feeling weird post disclosure. Like I want to run. But he has been so consistent and supportive. We get along so well. We still haven't been physical at all, and I feel like another discussion needs to happen and I think he has more questions for me. I think we're both hesitant to bring anything up because things have been going so well. I don't know what the next step is? We obviously don't need to rush in to sex. But I want to make sure he's comfortable or that he won't freak out or any other crazy scenario I've made up in my head.
  5. justagirl72

    why is this happening...

    I guess. I've felt okay about ghsv lately. I'd rather have a genital of than cold sore, honestly. I have 2 new patches of blisters starting on my mouth and the others haven't healed. Help. This is so gross. How do I stop the spreading. I've been taking my suppressive and applying abreva 5 times a day with a q tip. Washing my hands obsessively. Taking lysine. What else? This is out of control. I don't want to go to work or leave my house.
  6. justagirl72

    why is this happening...

    No worries about the tough love. No one can be tougher on me than myself. My biggest fear is that this is a new infection and now I'm going to have to start the whole process over of getting hsv1 under control. Because getting ghsv under control has been awful and I just went a whole month without and OB. which is a record for me. I'm just going to assume I was exposed and just never had an oral OB before. Irk But! What I will say, is that getting a cold sore was enough to make me break and share with my mom that I have ghsv. And she revealed that she has it too. Crazy. Didn't see that coming. I have shared my diagnosis with 3 people since being diagnosed and 2/3 told me they have it too.
  7. Background: had my initial (genital) OB at the end of june. After that, I had little relief... even while taking suppressive daily. I had almost weekly OBs. About a month ago I decided to stop taking my suppressive pills and my birth control. I haven't had an OB since then. Yesterday, I wake up and my lip feels numb and tingly. I'm definitely getting a cold sore. I never remember getting a cold sore in my life. I dont doubt I've had hsv1, but in my adult life/memory I dont remember cold sores. I am so frustrated. I was just starting to cheer up and now I look disgusting. At least you couldn't see my OBs before. Now I just feel like a walking herpe. Am I going to get cold sores all the time now!? Whyyy does my body hate me. I'm a walking disease and can never even kiss let alone have sex.
  8. justagirl72

    Little to no relief. HELP

    I had my initial outbreak at the end of June. Since then, I have had almost constant outbreaks. It is really wearing on me. I am on suppressive therapy. I take 500mg of Valcyclovir once a day. I obviously take more if I'm having an outbreak and it'll clear it up but I'll only have "relief" (I can't even really call it that because I'm still uncomfortable down there) for a couple days before I'll notice bumps again. I don't drink. I eat clean and exercise 4 or 5 days a week. So it's not my diet. I really think it's stress related, but I'm an anxious person to begin with and then add this and I'm a mess. Like right now, I just looked and I have blisters...but no real pain...just the constant uncomfortable feeling that I have had since being diagnosed. Two weeks ago though the pain was unbearable and it was on a day where I worked both of my jobs so I worked a 14 hour day and I pretty much wanted to die. Sitting hurt. Standing hurt. I don't know how to make this manageable...as far as cutting down on outbreaks. I've tried added Lysine and I use tea tree oil. I DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO. Just keep riding it out and hope it gets better? Is this normal(what's "normal" with H, right?)? Go back to the Doctor? SOS
  9. I'm struggling. I have always taken pride in never playing the victim in my life and being able to cope with anything life throws my way. Lately, I just feel completely consumed by saddness. I feel like all my daily stressors are magnified by H. I am dealing with another OB and I just feel disgusting and ashamed. It's not only the H, but the circumstances in which I got it. I thought I was with someone who had my best interest at heart, someone I could trust. I learned too late that he had a girlfriend and he wasn't at all who he made me believe that he was. So that weighs on my constantly. I should have known better. I'm smarter than that. That makes me feel equally disgusting and low. I have a wonderful boyfriend who has been a huge support and has been trying so hard to love me through all of this. He is my ex and we used to have a wonderful pre H sex life. Now, we've tried to have sex 3 times and 2/3 times I've cried hysterically afterward. I'm a mess. He is so loving and says all the right things to make me feel better. That we don't have to have sex if I'm not ready, sex is such a small part of the relationship that we have, etc etc etc. But he neverrr gets off with condoms and that makes me feel terrible as a girlfriend. I want to make him feel as good as he makes me feel. The sex used to be so good and I feel like the condom and the fact that he doesn't reach the end is a constant reminder of my H and the choices I made. It hurts so much. He says he doesn't care if he gets off...he enjoys sex because it is with me, someone he loves. I read the inspirational things and everyone's posts and I hear it and I get it...but I can't seem to drag myself out of this darkness that I'm feeling. I cry every day and I hate feeling like this. I don't want to feel like this, but I can't seem to get in the positive mindset like I could before. I'm not sure what to do. I don't know how to forgive myself and begin to love myself again.
  10. You're right! That has been our motto lately...one day at a time. So I'm really trying to keep that in mind through all of this. We have had very open and honest conversations about a lot of things...about H and not about H. Conversations that I feel might not have happened if I wasn't so open and honest with my H status. While he's been a jerk in the past, I will say he has totally shown up for me lately and been unbelievably supportive and understanding. I was worried that he wasn't showing interest in sex because he doesn't want to have sex with me...but when I brought up this insecurity I've been struggling with he said that he's simply waiting until I'm ready to do it again. Then he asked if I had type 1 or 2. He had done his own research just like I suggested. I'm just really impressed with him. I guess I underestimated his feelings for me when I assumed he'd have a hard time accepting. So ladies, never assume anything when it comes to H and people's reaction to it!! They just might surprise you.
  11. justagirl72

    I am seriously telling everyone! :)

    I hope that one day I can get to this point! I think that would be good for me. So far, I've only told my best friend and one of my friends who is a nurse. I feel like not being open with my friends and family is being dishonest. I don't know. I struggle with it. I'm not feeling AS ashamed anymore, but I'm not running out and telling people either. Ideally, what I'd like to have happen, is be able to be brave enough to address H jokes that happen in front of me. Recently, I was with a small group and one of the guys started joking about H and then it lead to him literally saying, "there is no girl on this planet that I'd date knowing she had herpes." My diagnosis is so fresh that I left the room and cried my eyes out. In hindsight, I'd like to be able to stand my ground and inform everyone of the reality of H. It does no discriminate and chances are, the guy saying that has been exposed at one point or another. Those jokes are hurtful and it's so discouraging that that's the way people feel about it.
  12. Just popping in to say I was JUST having these exact thoughts. I was paranoid to take a razor down there for months after finding out, as well. Just got up the courage. Swear tarzan could have lived in that jungle. (TMI LOL SORRY) I would have never thought twice about having sex after shaving...#thingsyouconsiderafterfindingoutyouhaveH
  13. Hi ladies! Thanks so much for the support. I spent five days on the other side of the country with my best friend. It was nice to get away. When I had gotten back, he had planned a little weekend getaway for us and I was soo torn up. I debated telling him before and I was worried be wouldn't want to go away with me. Thought about telling him on our way home. In the end, I broke down before we left. I cried hysterically and told him. I guess I had built it up in my head. He didn't even flinch. He had figured something happened because he didn't think we weren't having sex for no reason so he had already prepared himself. His feelings didn't change at all and we had an amazing weekend. He was just so good. He was asking ME how I felt and he was concerned if I needed space after telling him or if I needed his support more than ever. Either way, he made it clear he is here for me. He asked a couple questions and then we got lunch. Although I'm still feeling uneasy about sex. It makes me so upset because we had such an amazing sex life before. Now I still feel too low about the whole situation to be intimate at all. I feel like it is unfair to him. I dont know. I get really emotional about that part of the whole thing. I know he's also struggling with the fact that I was seeing someone after we broke up. It doesn't help that he worked with my giver. I guess time will tell. The giver wont leave me alone. He keeps wanting to talk about everything. I haven't returned any texts or calls. I hope he gets the picture soon. For now, love wins :)
  14. First, my life is a shitshow. So lets just get that out of the way. So I ended things with my ex is April ish and fell in to "the givers" waiting arms. The giver was a master manipulator and did and said all the right things. By the time I came to my senses it was too late and I got H despite only having slept with him 3 times. During this whole period of time my ex was fighting very hard to get me back. My ex has now proven if you stalk my life enough ill come back. However, what he doesn't know... yet... is that I'm back with H. He is showing me that he is the guy I have been wanting him to step up and be. He has been attentive and loving. He keeps bringing up trying out a relationship again, but I know he will be devastated when I tell him what's been weighing so heavy on me. I know that he could accept I was involved with someone else and even accept that I slept with someone but I don't think he can accept my H. So I am torn as to just put a stop to this now or be open and honest with him. If he truly loves me like he says he does maybe hell understand? Then again, he IS my ex for a reason. I have been so selfish with his time because its nice to have him being this doting person... making me feel special and loved. I have printed out all the disclosure stuff just in case. I know I have to tell him soon because he is getting carried away with the idea of us together. He hasn't tried to be physical with me at all. We've just really been enjoying our time together. He makes me breakfast, hung curtain rods and curtains, cleaned out my car, and even got a pedicure with me. He is this totally different person. For the record: h has really made me consider my issues with men and relationships...aand I'm definitely seeking therapy asap. Thanks, h. I tend to attract only narcissistic men. And I know everyone will probably say to focus on myself for now... but Ive tried that for the majority of my 20s lol To disclose or not disclose... that is the question.