I finally got in to see my PCP for a rash that I had noticed a week ago today. "Did you have the chickenpox?" he asked. I answered honestly with "I really don't know." It's shingles. After I got home I emailed my younger sister and asked if she knew if I had chickenpox and she replied, "We both did but you had it worse." I told her I just remember having the mumps, "Yeah, you had that too." I never thought to ask my mother about chickenpox when I got older never thought about it until I started working in the healthcare environment. I would hear all kinds of experiences of how awful having shingles can be. It's no exaggeration either. I asked my husband if he had chickenpox and he remembers he did. Was it so bad for me that I blocked that memory when I was a child, I asked myself? I've been researching shingles and the interesting fact is that the chickenpox vaccine was developed in the Japan in 1970s and was licensed to use in the U.S. in 1995. I think that there are a lot of people like me that are not sure about having chickenpox and should be made aware of these facts so that they can get the shingles vaccine. I wouldn't want any one to experience what I'm experiencing today.