A Transition Journal
If you are considering transition or even if you think you
never will, I cannot over-state the importance of keeping a transition
journal. I began mine in 1989 with my first day of hormone therapy
and have been keeping it ever since.
Memory is a fickle mistress. It is startling how much one's
recollections differ from one's own account of the events as they
actually happened. Though it may seem like a lot of unnecessary
work now, years down the line you'll find your recorded thoughts and
feelings indispensable in your quest to truly understand yourself in
both nature and temperament.
The following is the opening "Prelude" to my own transition
The pages beneath, chronicle my journey from a life as an apparently
normal husband and father to that of an apparently normal woman. In the
hope of capturing the immediacy of this emotional trip into the unknown,
I shunned the retrospective approach, opting instead for a daily Diary.
Each entry was made on the day the events actually happened, expect as
noted. And each is filled with the raw and unpolished thoughts and
feelings that held me at that moment. Of course, this leads to a
somewhat meandering story, as well as contradictions in my point-of-view
and personal emotional outbursts that I'm sure will make me squirm once
this is published. But anything less would be less than truthful. And if
this document is to serve any purpose as either a tool for tolerance and
understanding or as an inspiration to those contemplating any major
life-change, then it must be completely honest.
my entire 1200 page transition diary
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