We're going to get through this together
When you get the phone call from your doctor saying, “you have herpes” it’s typically the worst news you’ve received in your life. I know it was for me. And I know what it feels like to hang up the phone and feel the rollercoaster of emotions that come with the HSV virus.
Personally, I felt like my life was over and everything that I ever wanted just vanished into thin air. I believed that I no longer deserved to be an equal when it came to finding love. I thought that my health and well being didn’t matter anymore because I had genital herpes. And I was living under a dark cloud.
This is why I created Life With Herpes.
These feelings of disgust, a life of solitude and self hate are all normal and it’s possible to get off that rollercoaster of emotions and begin to stop the suffering, physically, mentally and emotionally.
Here’s the deal. You’ve come to the right place and you’re going to be just fine. I am so excited you are here (obviously not excited you have herpes, lol) and I am thrilled to welcome you to the Life With Herpes Community. There are so many resources for you to begin to feel comfort, freedom and get you back to enjoying life to its fullest. Seriously, I wish this community was here when I was diagnosed in 2011 and that’s why I created Life With Herpes.
Step 1: Get Diagnosed
If you’re not sure yet if the bump, blister or tingle is herpes then it’s crucial that you get diagnosed. Wondering, worrying and hoping it’s not herpes doesn’t help you in the long run. Using HerpAlert is my favorite way to know for sure if it’s herpes because it’s fast, discrete and you’ll get a diagnosis on the same day and be able to pick your prescription up within hour.
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Step 2: Download the Herpes Outbreak Toolkit
This toolkit will point you in the right direction, back towards confidence, peace, comfort, and pain-free herpes outbreak living. It doesn’t matter if it's your first outbreak or if you’ve had herpes for years this toolkit is essential and will walk you through step-by-step. If it’s your first outbreak then these first days are so emotional and the best thing you can do is educate yourself on your herpes diagnosis. This Herpes Outbreak Toolkit is 7 days of hand holding that includes, daily videos, easy steps to managing your outbreak, ways to manage relief from pain and not to mention the embarrassment.
Step 3: Download the Tell Your Partner Toolkit
This toolkit will give you the knowledge, confidence and exactly what to say to your partner. It doesn't matter if it's something casual, if you want more or if you're already in a relationship. You'll get immediate access to 14 videos, scripts you can download and all the information you'll need so you can disclose to your partner.
Step 4: Join Our Secret Society (Herpes Support Group)
Being alone with a herpes diagnosis is the worst place to be. You feel lost, you feel dirty, you feel like you’ve done something wrong and worst of all you feel like your life is over. I was alone for a number of years and it took me 2 years of working through my diagnosis to get out from under that dark “herpes” cloud. I truly wish I had a community of people who just “got me”.
When there is a community the struggle to survive with herpes is no longer impossible. In the Secret Society there’s 24/7 support from people all over the world who are going through the same thing as you. We all have herpes and we all understand where you are on your journey with herpes.
Step 5: Schedule an Emergency Coaching Call
There are times with a herpes diagnosis that freak out mode or meltdown mode happens and that is why you can schedule a call with me ASAP.
Sitting in your own worry or trying to google the answers to your herpes questions is not the best idea. Talking to someone who’s been through it, lives it and totally gets what you’re going through will take you from crisis mode to feeling in control and living life with herpes.
Step 6: Order Your Secret Society Wellness Products
Our favorite way to calm anxiety, reduce the pain from herpes outbreaks and improve our overall wellbeing is using the Secret Society Wellness hat are designed specifically to fight herpes outbreaks.
Our Most Popular Posts
These blog posts are our most popular and also have the best information to support you no matter where you are on your journey with herpes.
What Is Herpes?
There are so many questions that pop up when it comes to a herpes diagnosis. Here's the 101 breakdown on what herpes is, isn't, and everything you need to know about your diagnosis.
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I Slept With Someone & Didn't Tell Them I Have Herpes
There are many different reasons why we don't tell our partners about our herpes diagnosis. Here are 4 steps to help you know what to do next.
6 Activities That Cause Herpes Outbreaks
There are some lifestyle activities that cause herpes outbreaks. It's important to know what they are so you can learn to work around them and prevent outbreaks
Herpes and Viral Shedding
Viral Shedding is a misunderstood sneaky thing when it comes to herpes. Because of this, the majority of transmissions occur without an outbreak. Understanding viral shedding can help prevent transmission to your partner.
Sexual Ways Herpes Can Be Transmitted
A huge myth is that you can only get herpes from having sex and it's just not true. Here's a list of other sexual actives that can transmit herpes.
Herpes & Pregnancy
If stating a family is something you want to do then it's important you learn how having herpes plays a roll. It's also crucial that you discuss this with your doctor.
What It's Like To Date Someone With Herpes
There are 4 different responses you'll get when you disclose you have herpes. Here are some tips and information to move forward with dating.
3 Reasons Why Your Herpes Diagnosis Is Good News
It's ok to look at having herpes with a glass half full instead of half empty. There is good news and life changes that happen with a herpes diagnosis.
Our Popular Videos
These YouTube videos are our most watched and also have the best information to support you no matter where you are on your journey with herpes.
How I Got Herpes
Alexandra share's her story about being diagnosed with herpes. It's raw, shocking and jaw-dropping.
5 Foods That Cause Herpes Outbreaks
Some foods trigger herpes outbreaks and why some foods actually help keep the herpes outbreak dormant or can help heal the outbreak faster.
Herpes & Dating 7 Things You Need To Know
When it comes to dating we put so much pressure on ourselves now add having herpes to the equation. In this video there are 7 key thinks you need to know that go along with your herpes diagnosis.
Will I Give My Partner Herpes?
One of the main concerns when being diagnosed with herpes is will you give your partner herpes. Here are 3 tips to prevent herpes transmission to your partner
Details About Your First Herpes Outbreak
Herpes outbreaks can have a few different types of symptoms. Sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it's a quandary. Alexandra get's personal about her symptoms of her first outbreak
What I wish I knew before I Was Diagnosed With Herpes
It's easy to look back and say that if you'd known this then the outcome would have been different. In this video there are 3 things that you should know about herpes.
Herpes Symptoms For Men & Woman
Some symptoms are the same for herpes outbreaks and some symptoms differ from men to women just because our anatomy is different. Get all the details on what to look for if you have herpes symptoms.
3 Things You Need to Know when You Date Someone with Herpes
If you have herpes or don't have herpes someone you love has herpes so it's important you know these 3 things.
HSV 1 Does Not Mean You Have Oral Herpes
One of the biggest misunderstandings is that if you have HSV 1 then you have oral herpes. There's more to know about the herpes virus and where it likes to live.
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