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My Introduction
« on: September 18, 2018, 06:16:44 pm »
Hello,

I am a 52 yo transgender woman. I have lived nearly all of my 52 years as a man and had a very rough time handling who I wasn't. The majority of my life was lived in denial. I buried all of my trans desires so deep that I thought they were just a kink. When I was preteen to my teens I used to love to crossdress in my mom's clothes. Nothing felt more right then those opportunities that presented themselves relatively often due to my mom working nights. I would have hours a day to experiment before my dad came home. Needless to say I got caught by my mom and it was surreal. I stopped all crossdressing behavior ever since then. I never stopped fantasizing about being a girl. It was constant theme as I got older. When I started to mature sexually my fantasies all surrounded around women either seeing them through the third person or as being the woman.

Then I met my future wife online. I had such an intense connection with her that I felt I finally could get past whatever kink was in my head like a parasite constantly boring away. For 18 years I have been married to the most wonderful woman in the world. She is everything good that has ever occurred in my life. Existence had been a chore before we met. She brought light and joy to my life in a way that nobody else ever has. Well, about a year and half ago I had this medical scare and ended up in the hospital I honestly thought I was going to die. When I recovered I went through some serious anxiety. I started seeing a therapist for that and she has been wonderful and helped me so much to deal with my fear of death. About a month ago I truly realized I was trans. I haven't had that much of dysphoria in the past about my body but I looked in the mirror one morning a couple days before one of my therapy sessions and it just hit me. I was wrong. The me in the mirror is not me. It scared the hell out of me. When I went to my therapist I told her that I believed I was trans. We spent an hour talking about it and she was very open and non judgmental. She advised me that secrets are not healthy for any relationship but said that ultimately I had to decide whether or not to talk to my wife about this. After 18 years of trust and trials I owed her the truth. I told her and it was less and more than I had hoped for.

She did not immediately ask for a divorce. My wife is a very LGBT rights positive person. She is truly a supporter but when it comes home to your bedroom it's a lot to take in. I first told her that I was not thinking about transition or anything beyond being honest with her about who I am. I said that I was prepared to live this way for the rest of my life to keep our life normal. I was so dead wrong. Since I came out to her I have actually experience true dysphoria. The whole thing about my body hair and my body in general. The last month has been a rollercoaster. I joined a support group online called dailystrength.org. That was a pretty good decision. I met a wonderful woman there who has been on hormones for about 10 years now who has offered so many encouraging words of wisdom. She keeps telling me to slow down. Now that my secret is out I just feel like I want to spill it everywhere but my wife has some very serious fears for me and of course for herself. She fears that I might lose my job even though I have a government job. She fears for my physical safety if I were to try to go out in public presenting as feminine. She hasn't actually said so in so many words but I don't think she feels safe any longer. She now sees me as female and thus not her protector any longer. Her first reactions have been to pull away physically but she has said many times that she wants to try to make sense of this and somehow get it to work. She does not want to leave or anything but it's more like we are room mates sharing a bed than anything else. She has been so sweet with little things. She bought me some makeup and then when I was overwhelmed with the gesture and tried to hug her she pushed me away.

I completely understand that this has wrecked her world. After 18 years I completely identify my existence around my marriage and my wife is so important to me and loved more than anything. But the need to be myself has become absolutely overwhelming. I realize that I need to transition or this may actually kill me. I don't want to die a man. I have pretty strong faith and believe that God made me this way for a reason. I have no idea what that reason is but God does not hate me. He loves me. So I am working now with my therapist to get started with the process to get onto HRT. I have so many fears. I have fears about myself like I am not a very attractive man and I am having such a hard time picturing myself as even a passable female let alone somebody that would be easy on the eyes. Physical beauty isn't everything to me but I do wish that I had a more feminine leaning body to begin with. At my age, I doubt that the hormones will help much for my body. I am just hoping for this peaceful feeling about myself that so many transgender women say that they get after being on the hormones for a bit. For my wife, I worry about her physical needs as a woman. First she is straight and is into men not women. She literally has physical needs that the hormones will keep me from satisfying any longer. If I do change quite a bit physically that will just serve as more evidence that her husband is gone. She isn't in a place where she could even consider calling me her wife. Her family has a much more conservative lean so I imagine there won't be much acceptance there. On my side, the family is pretty much the same although my parents are elderly and I'm not even sure how to tell them. So this is where I am at today. I've recently decided that I would like to change my name to Gabrielle eventually. I love that in Hebrew it means woman of God. Thanks for listening to my story. I hope to make some new friends here in the future. Have a wonderful day. Love and faith.

Gabrielle

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Re: My Introduction
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2018, 06:27:21 pm »
@Gabrielle66
Dear Garielle:
Thank you for sharing your thoughts here and hopefully you are finding your way around the site but I will give you some more information about that near the end of my reply. 

I am happy that you signed up and joined Susan's Place, many of our members are now aware of your arrival here and you can be expecting them to share their thoughts with you relevant to you questions and concerns.

This is the right place for you to be to find out what others have done that may have been in your circumstances.
Be aware that there are a lot of members here that can identify with your situation as you feel free to share it.
 
Please allow me to warmly WELCOME you to Susan's Place
You will find this a safe and friendly place to share with others  and to read about others similar trials, tribulations, and successes.
It is nice that you had signed up so you can share with others and involve yourself with some give and take with other like-minded members.  When frustrated or if you have successes you can share it here if you wish and receive support from others and offer support to others. ....
 ***It's a very good chance that you might find that you will make some new friends here. 

Please come in and continue to be involved at your own pace. 
I have included Important LINKS that will tell you about Susan's Place.  Included there is information about the site that will help you navigate around and best utilize the features here.   
Please look closely at the LINKS in RED, answers are there to many questions that new members ask.

Again, Welcome to Susan's Place.
Danielle


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Re: My Introduction
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2018, 06:27:37 pm »
 Hello, Gabrielle, my name is Sarah.  :)  Welcome to Susan's.   I'm sure one of the official greeters will be along shortly, but I saw your message and just wanted to say hi.   I would just like to assure you that as long as you remain true to yourself and God, the peace you're searching for will come :)

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Re: My Introduction
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2018, 07:47:02 pm »
Gabrielle.. Your story is so similar to so many others. I myself can relate. Fortunately for me I told my wife I cross dressed before we were married 35 years ago. She never brought it up and we had two kids. Transgender was not a term at the time so I settled on everyone else's descriptions. Transvestite, weirdo, pervert. I suppressed my desires for 17 years when we moved to Seattle. But, about 3 years ago it came back with a vengeance and i had a breakdown. I had gone to therapy about 6 times but could not admit my secret so I went to a lot of stress seminars. I finally decided to come clean thanks to some advice I got here. I visited a gender therapist and after three sessions I started HRT. I told my wife and kids a couple months later. My wife and kids have been wonderful mainly because I had obtained enough information that it showed I was not doing this on a whim. Today I offer you this information. I hope your wife is as accepting as mine is. Yes we have had a little strain but nothing we could not handle.I have to say the depression and anger have disappeared and I am so happy and content right now. http://www.avitale.com/developmentalreview.htm

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First indication I was different- 1956 kindergarten
First crossdress - Asked mother to dress me in sisters costumes  Age 7
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First time telling the truth in therapy June 15, 2016
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Re: My Introduction
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2018, 01:30:28 am »
Hi Gabrielle  :icon_wave:

Welcome to Susan's Place  :)  Glad to have you here, join on in the fun

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Re: My Introduction
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2018, 04:58:15 am »
Hey Gabrielle!

From what you told to Emma I assume you have determination to walk your path to be yourself. You know you can lose everything but don't let it stop you - you very brave. But hey, it's possible that your wife adjust to that change and your ties will become even stronger. And even if she won't, remember that you are not alone and you though you can lose everything you also will find yourself in new life with new people. So brace yourself and look forward :) Have a good jorney and welcome here :)
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Re: My Introduction
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2018, 07:03:36 am »
@Gabrielle

I could have written that post myself, in fact, I have. The big difference is the time stamps, I was 57 married 36 years. The rest is like reviewing history.

Yes, slow down. I tried very hard to go slow and with most things I accomplished it. Others, not so much. The go slow is not just for you (mental adjustment of self)  but more so for your wife. She will need lots of time for it to sink in and collect her thoughts. It's almost a year out for us, a lot has changed (thus I say, I didn't slow down well) and my wife has reworked things in her own head in her own way. One one big hurdle left, with a bunch of surprise little ones to trip us up. I dare say, she has made more progress than I have.

Make sure she knows that you are open to questions and concerns. Answer as honestly as you can. Share. Making her a full partner in this will ease a lot. Voice your problems as they come up but don't try to unload on her, she'll get overwhelmed.

Faith

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Re: My Introduction
« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2018, 08:48:49 am »
Dear Gabrielle,

I am in a similar situation: 53, married, 4 children.
I take thinks very slow. I am on HRT since more than 3 years, still presenting male most of the time. I found an agreeable balance with my wife, we stay together and take things as they come...

Hugs.

Pascale

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Re: My Introduction
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2018, 11:21:24 am »
Gabrielle, you are not alone.   

Over 50, incredible wife, kids, and career....and my transgender realization only becoming crystal clear over the last couple of years.  Followed by incredible levels of anxiety and severe dysphoria.   And a wife in shock. 

I am doing much better and am now able to move one day at a time.   Individual therapy, couples therapy, anti anxiety medication, HRT, a lot of reading and research, and an incredible support network have made the world of difference.   I can’t imagine where I would be if I did not take these steps.   

Everyone here at Susan’s place have helped me feel normal and human.

You are not alone and we are here to help.

Karen
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* felt different like I did not fit, with strong feminine feelings and gender questions my entire life
* Sept 2016 - January 2017 real began to seriously question and research gender
* August 2017 friend explains transgender and gender vs sexual orientation, and immediately felt shock and begin to believe I maybe transgender
* March 2018 after 3 therapists, accepts I am transgender and am transitioning
* July 18, 2018 began HRT

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