This may be the last opportunity I have to send all of you best wishes for a peaceful and wonderful holiday. May you also have a happy new year as well!
It has been a year of slow but steady progress for me. I have realized that being transgendered can be a blessing as much as it can seem to be a curse. I have had a whole year to think about this without the influence of parents. ( My mom passed away in late 2010). I never discussed with her my feminine feelings and I know it would have been difficult for her. She died peacefully and I truly believe she is with me each day, along with my dad, and both would be happy to have had a daughter.
For the living it will still be a struggle. My brother and I are close and as I move forward I will approach him in 2012 about my desire to be his sister. I have made arrangements to attend some of the First Event conference in January and plan to stay overnight on Friday and Saturday. That may change depending on the weather. I'm still the snow shoveler for the house. I will be discussing my need to attend with my spouse after Christmas.
She was not accepting to my revelation at all the first time around and my hope is that we can at least stay friends. Finally, there is also my son approaching 20. I'm not as worried about his reactions--maybe I should be--but gut says he will be accepting and will be supportive in his own way.
If I make it to First event, I hope you will say hello to me. Keep me in your wishes too!