“Everything happens for a reason?” - “well, clearly that’s not true because there can’t be any reason for this pain I’m in.”

That was me.

Seeing everything as black & white - good or bad - joy or pain. No in-between. No gray area. Now I know that while there might not be a reason for everything, there is definitely a lesson. And that joy and pain can co-exist, if you let them.

When I tested positive for herpes, I felt like I was completely alone. The stats say 1 in 6 people have herpes, but I was definitely not meeting those people. So how could I find them? Love Profound was born out of a desire to create a space where people could talk about the things they felt they couldn't share with anyone.

For the first year and a half post diagnosis, I only told three people in my life. I felt so ashamed that I imagined how gravely disappointed my family and friends would be. I hid - detached myself from my life and carried on the charade that I was "fine."

Then I fell in love and was inspired to be my full self and live my life from a place of courage, instead of fear. I shared my story with my family and was met with love, compassion, and understanding; I shared my story at a workshop and was overcome by peace, freedom, and strength; I shared my story with my Facebook community and was touched by the support, receptivity, and the amount of people who reached out to me one-on-one to share their own stories.

Love Profound now exists to help you find:

peace • courage • freedom

I'm doing things I never thought I'd do - traveling, advocating, running a business. The days I don't think about my herpes far outnumber the days that I do. I am herpes positive and shame negative. My diagnosis doesn’t define me or limit my life. I don’t let it.

I do this work because:

• I wish I would have had someone to talk to who had been through it and felt stronger on the other side - someone to encourage me and fully believe that I’d find peace again

• There is nothing wrong with us and I want to be a part of the movement that helps change the prevailing narrative that there is

What do you want for your life?