"When you can really be yourself and share this, then the shame actually gets transformed into connection."
A herpes diagnosis can burn away some layers of our identity. The process of rewiring your brain and identity after a diagnosis can be painful. And it can be an opportunity to recognize the voice in your head is just that — a voice — not the truth about you. If you can begin to look at herpes as a doorway to finding the truth about yourself, then you can start to live your life from a place of clarity and conviction. Instead of living in shame and fear, which creates hell on earth for yourself. When you can be yourself and share your true self, that shame can be transformed into connection.