- File Size: 470 KB
- Print Length: 142 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0557052610
- Publisher: LuLu Press; First Edition edition (April 10, 2009)
- Publication Date: April 10, 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00267T3E4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,335,586 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Transitions - A Guide To Transitioning for Transsexuals and Their Families Kindle Edition
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Author Drummond defines terms and has practical suggestions, based on her own experience of lifelong gender distress and her decision in 2008 to transition from male to female. She offers strategies for disclosing one's true gender preference to one's spouse, parents, siblings, children, friends, coworkers, even strangers. She emphasizes good counseling and writes, "With the help of my first therapist and friend, I found inner strength I did not know I had, and learned to accept that I was a good person regardless of the fact that I had an incongruent gender identity."
Changing one's gender is not an easy path, and Ms. Drummond doesn't pull punches. She describes "[an] unimaginally difficult road that starts with the utterance of 'I think I'm transsexual' to someone you love." She describes "this incredibly hard commitment and transformation," and, "Transitioning carries with it many hardships, physical pain, and at times, great sorrows." She also discloses the financial cost of her transition, which over three years included several facial feminization surgeries, as well as gender reassignment surgery, and finally came to over six figures. Mara Drummond, as a man, fathered two daughters and, as a grievous additional cost, lost two marriages after he disclosed his true gender preference to his spouses, and the need to act upon it.
Ms. Drummond also stresses the positive aspects of her choice. "What is life like after transition? It just feels right!... What I have is an incredible feeling that my body is finally proper. When I walk nude in front of a full-length mirror, I feel content and happy... I feel very good inside... If transitioning has done nothing else for me, it definitely gave me the courage to overcome my greatest fears, and instilled in me an immense sense of self-pride and self-worth."
She ends with, "finding inner peace should be the goal of everyone who has an incongruent gender indentity," and, "Most of all, I hope you find peace within yourself and within your life."
This is a worthwhile book for anyone contemplating this difficult but liberating journey.
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