Things left out of trans awareness training

I was interacting with people who need not know my medical history. Something banal for me. But I was there with a friend who's known me since prior to transition. She and I have hung out lots with other people who don’t know I'm trans, but evidently the conversation had never veered into topics she … Continue reading Things left out of trans awareness training

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Ways to support someone recovering from lower surgery

It's time for your friend/loved one to get lower surgery! You're an amazing person who wants to help but doesn't have a frame of reference for what's next. The following are ideas of what you can do, pending your resources and your friend's circumstances. What may help before they leave: Putting together a "get well" … Continue reading Ways to support someone recovering from lower surgery

Awareness moment: warm weather with balls (TMI)

I had scrotoplasty (scrotal implants included) as part of my stage 1. I didn't have jock itch despite the weather was crushing heat at the peak of summer. Plus between the colpocleisis, scrotoplasty and other incisions healing nearby, there was plenty of moisture around, above and beyond sweat. I don't know what it was about … Continue reading Awareness moment: warm weather with balls (TMI)

5 Self-Care Tips For Answering Lower Surgery Inquiries

Answering queries about surgeries could easily be a full time volunteer gig for most of us. While many questions are fine, too many are redundant, posed by people expecting to be spoon fed the information already available before they arrived, if only they scrolled back through entries or searched the archives. Several will pose questions … Continue reading 5 Self-Care Tips For Answering Lower Surgery Inquiries

8 Tips for Managing Dysphoria and Mental Health Stuff

1. Know your triggers – they might be certain activities, mirrors, words, and/or situations – and try to avoid those as much as possible. If you're not certain what they are, be alert to when your mood sours. If everything feels overwhelming, start by envisioning what you would need to do your morning routine without … Continue reading 8 Tips for Managing Dysphoria and Mental Health Stuff