When I was diagnosed with herpes, I felt like a death row inmate walking towards the gas chamber. It was as if I was attending my own funeral and watching them lower my casket into the ground. Life as I knew it was over!
Even though the doctor told me that herpes was very common and my quality of life would hardly suffer at all, I was traumatized. I bet you were too. Were you thinking like I was: “How can the doctor act so nonchalant about this virus? This is a life sentence!” Did you also ask yourself these questions: Why me? Who gave this to me? How do I have a relationship going forward? How do I keep this from coming out? I literally went from feeling confident and carefree to contaminated and cursed in a matter of seconds.
And while the shame of contracting herpes had me in a choke hold, my spirit and self esteem was crushed. I can only imagine how magnified that must have been for you! I was a 40 year old hairstylist with clients who adored me, but you are Usher The Magnificent and have millions of fans around the world who idolize you! You are a sex symbol and celebrity who women of all ages yearn for. Without a doubt the prospect of them discovering that you had herpes was your worse nightmare come to life. I understand why you would pay over a million dollars to keep this secret from coming to light.