Who am I?
Many people may know, or know of me by now, but for those who don't I would like to properly introduce myself. My name is Erica King, I am an Arkansas resident, a mommy to a beautiful baby girl, and an old soul at heart. I have been living with the STD or virus (HSV II) for 10 years now. HSV II by definition is; A virus that can cause genital lesions, spread by sexual contact from one partner to another. It affects both the skin and the nervous system. The other form of HSV is HSV I, which causes sores and blisters around the mouth. About a month ago, I decided to make my situation public, thus inviting the world into what someone like me may go through. Including the thoughts that run through my head DAILY, the struggles, the depression, and even my non existent dating life. I posted a video via FACEBOOK on my page, and invited both friends and strangers to listen to me spill all of my emotions and problems. The responses I received were overwhelmingly positive, and even had a few people that I've known for years come to expressing similar life stories or allowing me to know that I am not alone as they struggle with the virus also! my reasoning for going public, is to FIRSTLY stop feeling sorry for myself and learn to accept that this is something that is a part of me for life (or until there is a cure). Secondly, to help educate the blind......which includes a lot of people, myself included. So many people living with it, and without it have very little knowledge on the virus and I want to help make the world more knowledgeable on the topic. Thirdly, to help bring awareness to just how common it is and to show that there is no "look" to the disease.