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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Further Along........ Transitions

Yesterday at about a quarter to five, I sat down with my supervisor and informed her that I am a transsexual and that I wanted to complete my transition, by transitioning at work, the final step of this part of the journey. We had a very heart felt talk and I surely am appreciative of her compassion towards me. My plan is to transition in March, using the time between now and then to do this in an orderly progression to create as little disturbance as possible to my coworkers. We are a very close team of therapists and I will want the opportunity to write them each a letter to tell them about my transition and to welcome them to come to me to ask any questions they might be wondering.

I expect that I will take a week off between my male self and me, so that the idea will be for the staff to have closure with my male relationship and to start anew with someone they already know for the most part.

While I am happy and excited about finally arriving at a place I never thought I would be, I know that this represents a major adjustment for many others unrelated to work as well. Some are both happy and sad at the same time. For them, it is bittersweet.

At the same time I am in the process of my father's final days as he has one to two weeks left here on this etherial plane we call life. I have a sense of peace and acceptance about his coming passing. He has been sick so long now and the last year has been particularly hard on him and all of us as well. This peace, acceptance and strength comes from my faith. God has brought me so far in my life and I have drawn from Him my strenghth.

Yet this is also a painful time for me and at times I am so sad for him, my mother, my wife and myself as well. There are lots of lessons for me and I am doing everything I can to be open to the lessons and grow from them.

3 comments:

  1. Congratz on work! It's probably one of the biggest steps you can take in transition. Good for you for planning ahead. Hope things go ok with your father. =( *hugs*

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  2. Sorry for having to delete my own comment folks, I didn't use the spelling or grammer skills that I possess and you deserve from my writing.

    Thank you Debra!!

    It is quite an important step and an empowering one as well. I will be using a plan I put together after talking with several professionals in the area of transitioning in the work place. I will post it a little later and it must be clearly understood that most of the ideas I employed are not my own. I did add several things to suite my needs at work.

    Mainly I focused on how to make it easy on everyone else. If its easy for them to adjust to me, it will be much easier for me to become quickly comfortable with dealing with a familiar but slightly different environment.

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