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Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« on: October 23, 2020, 10:12:31 am »
Hello everyone.

Well, I’m here. And I’m finally writing my Blog...
It’s now only 16 days to surgery day.
The day on which I will finally get my 5th Birthday wish.
The day, which is also my birthday.
So, I get a vagina for my birthday this year. 🎁

It’s also now been just 1000 days since starting HRT..

As I’ve started my blog a bit late, in Part 4, I’ll have to explain a few things in a seperate post..

I intend to write the earlier parts, which I’ll be able to do during the 5 weeks at home recovering from surgery.


Here’s the planned titles of the other blogs, which I need to write and publish here:
Part 1 - In the beginning
Part 2 - The start of transitioning
Part 3 - Going public

Please note that I live in Australia. There are some things which are different here from other parts of the world, like our healthcare system, and I might also use language which is slightly different.
I’m happy to explain anything which is confusing for you.

Angie

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2020, 10:22:14 am »
Happy birthday and quick recovery on your surgery

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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2020, 10:23:45 am »
Here’s some key things which may help everyone catch up to now, noting that I’ve not written the previous parts of the story..

I was diagnosed through a diagnosis that I have Aspergers.
I learned that I had repressed my knowledge of being a trans woman
I discovered that I knew that I should have been born a girl when I was 4-5
I started HRT 1002 days ago.. on a low dose
Low dose HRT had a larger impact on physical changes than I had planned/expected

I currently live with my ex-wife and her fiancé. Plus a beautiful Dalmatian dog.  There’s a lot in that story...
I have a full-time permanent job..
I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, and I’m comfortable with being me.

Angie.

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2020, 10:33:45 am »
I am interesting in heard how things are different in Aust. Keep us informed on how your surgery and recovery are doing. Good luck to you.

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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2020, 08:46:35 pm »
@AngelaJade
Dear Angie:
I am so very happy that you have started your own personal journal BLOG.   This will be a good place to share your feelings, good and bad, and to vent your positive thoughts and experiences...  and also your frustrations.

In addition to my own personal journal BLOG I also keep an old school pen and paper journal complete with colorful doodling, cryptic notes jotted down in haste, and from time to time I as a snap-shot picture.

On cold nights here  (there are many of them here in 'Alaska) I can be found in my comfortable chair with a blanket over me and in front of my warm fireplace.....  I will often read my past entries in my paper journal and my BLOG, sometimes with tears in my eyes. ... mostly tears of joy.

Your journal is very good therapy, what you write out gives you an opportunity to postulate positive actions and solutions to any problems that you write about.

Please know that when you share good news we will all rejoice with you... and when you report not so good news we will lend you our ears and and our shoulders to lean on.... we are your biggest fans and always rooting for your success and happiness.

I will be eagerly following your thread and you future posting as you feel comfortable sharing.
Thank you for posting and sharing,
HUGS and HUGS,   
Danielle
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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2020, 10:16:47 pm »
Hi Angie, I am happy for you and will read you blog to see your progress. Congratulations.
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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2020, 07:58:59 am »
Blog.. part 4..
Essentially this is the story of 2020..

So let’s go back to the start of the year… where my new life had really just started.. it was exciting as everything just started to come together and I really started to enjoy being me.. becoming comfortable with who I am.

We had sold our house in November 2019, moved into an apartment and I’d finally got a permanent job which I started in mid December.. My ex-wife and I are living in our rented apartment together as friends and not as former partners.It felt so different and yet comfortable.

I’d been working on building a new wardrobe finally, with quite a bit of clothes and shoe shopping..

Work was great, and being comfortable and fitting in with the girls at work was fantastic. Yet another fear was easing into non-reality. I was included in the girl circle at work and it felt normal, comfortable and great. It took a bit of getting used to early on. I quickly had to become accustomed to girl talk which is significantly different to what I had been used to..and well the definition of TMI got significantly adjusted in my mind. It’s all part of just getting used to life and adjusting to the surroundings. I was being invited out by my work friends to drinks and events and I finally had a the start of a normal social life.

Come February I had just bought my own car. A Mini Cooper S.. My new life had really become comfortable. So I’d felt that it was time. I’d been thinking about it for a while, and even though I just kind of knew all the time that I’d need to go all the way to surgery, I also needed to see through each stage of the whole journey one step at a time. So, it was time, time that I accepted that I needed to take the next and final step in the journey.
After reaching the happiness and genuine belief in being me, I knew that I was ready to take the step and decide on having GCS surgery.  I needed to do this, for my inner happiness. Yes, I could probably live without it.  However, to be able to really be ‘me’ and live happily this is something I need to do. For me.

So there it was. I was happy and getting comfy with my life..
And then Covid really hit.. sigh.. I’ll leave that for a separate story…

It was around this time where my ex-wife and I had been discussing formalising our divorce. This created quite a bit of unusual emotions. Peace, sadness and a bit of something which I didn’t quite understand. We sorted things out with our solicitor, and found out that the arrangements were a bit different due to Covid but it would take about the same time.. Nearing the end of March, the divorce was approved..

I felt happy, and yet strange.. It was like some kind of finality, or realisation. My psychologist described it as a form of grief. The kind where you are actually happy, but subconsciously you are grieving some kind of loss.

Emotionally, Covid was having an impact. I was working from home since the first week of March.. After a month of WFH, alone in our apartment was a bit challenging. Here’s an interesting change, I was actually missing the social aspect of work.. Many years ago I would have enjoyed it, not now. My psych tells me to exercise more..

Now I receive a letter from my GP, saying that he is leaving. This causes a lot of stress and anxiety. I have to find another GP who’s friendly and supportive of LGBTI people.. Luckily I found another GP in the same practice that’s as good as the one I was seeing.. phew. After our first appointment I was able to start discussing surgery..

After months of reading and researching surgery options, I have a list of what I’d like and what I can accept.. I have my referral and book an appointment with Dr Kieran Hart in Canberra.. I’ve been looking at the Peritoneal Pull-through Vaginoplasty (PPV) technique quite a lot, reading many research papers I had access to. I put a bit of a case together to discuss with the surgeon.

I had previously looked into surgery options, including overseas opportunities. I really didn’t want to deal with the overseas option for many reasons. As I had recently joined a private health fund, I knew I would be paying for the total cost as there’s a 12-month waiting period for ‘pre-existing conditions’, and I wasn’t going to wait the 12-months if I could organise it.

It’s now June. WFH alone is becoming really old, and my exercise regime is getting impacted by tons of other people now deciding to take up running in the area around where I live by the lake.. The date of my appointment with Dr Hart has arrived. Lots of anticipation and excitement has built ahead of the day. It was super pleasing to see how professional and yet quite laid back he was.. Clearly he just knew what he was doing.. As a qualified urologist who studied GCS surgery in one of the more prestigious hospitals in the UK added to the equation quite a bit.

The discussion on the PPV technique didn’t quite go as I’d hoped, but he was clearly interested in going down that path. He didn’t seem ready to do PPV as a primary surgery just yet.. I did pass on my research, much of which he knew of already. Hmm.. So, I had kinda resigned that I had to think about my options here.. Penile inversion now, or wait until he was ready to do PPV..

I took a nearly a month to think it all through, and I finally got in touch with the surgery to book in a date.. Then, I got a message say the Dr wanted to talk to me about surgery options. It was an interesting phone call, which in the end it was agreed that he would do the robotic PPV technique. The hospital had a surgery room setup with the latest Davinci robot for laparoscopic surgery. So it looked all amazingly positive.

I received the first parts of the paperwork and I was surprised at the surgery date… It was on my 51st Birthday.. ok. I need to think this through. I had an alternative date in December, but I’m not sure that I want to be recovering over Christmas and New Year’s.. After discussing it with my close friends, I agreed that it was best to take the date and celebrate my birthday by having the surgery on the day. It will be the best birthday present ever.. Yes, I’ll be getting a vagina for my birthday..

I received all the paperwork and quotes. Surgeon, anaesthesiologist, theatre costs, 10-days hospital stay. It all added up to about AUD$49,750.  There’s some rebates from Medicare which will reduce my total cost, but I was going to obtain the funds from my Superannuation account.

There’s a mechanism where you can obtain early access to part of your superannuation for specific reasons, one of which is medical. There’s conditions to this, and I required supporting letters from my GP, and a specialist. I was looking to withdraw it from one of the two super accounts I have, which is the one I can’t do anything with. There special conditions on this super, and it’s not earning me much plus the balance will be just enough to cover the surgery and the tax I need to pay to withdraw it. After receiving all the letters and quotes, I submitted paperwork to the ATO (Australian Tax Office) for approval. It was long before I got the letter of approval. The next step was to submit the request to the Super company. After a week or two, I finally had the money in my account.

Ok… now I’m ready.. I confirmed the surgery date and arrangements with the surgeons office and started the pre-admission paperwork.. wow. It’s happening.

To be continued....

Angie

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2020, 12:51:43 pm »
Angies, good to hear you are making good progress on all front.  Great you can get PPV procedure that you want in Aust.  Keep us updated on our you are doing.

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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2020, 04:53:41 am »
Thanks for the lovely comments.

I have a journal on my iPad which I have kept for most of the past 3 years..

Somehow, it seemed to have stopped when I got to the comfortable with life part..

I’ll certainly be providing an update post surgery. There’s quite a few ladies in Australia who are interested in how I go..  It seems like I’ll be the second person in Aus to have this technique ever as a primary surgery.

Today is 14 days to go.. I’m just starting to get a bit nervous.. It’s all about the outcome....

😊

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2020, 05:07:02 am »
I thought that I should fill in a few gaps in my post...

Somehow around the time of our divorce, my ex-wife met someone.. She’s known him for a very long time, but not romantically..  Anyway, things led to things.. and they decided to purchase a block of land together and then looked at moving in together...

The apartment wasn’t going to work, so I negotiated with the landlord to break the lease early, without penalty, and we found a 5-bedroom house.. So my ex-wife and her boyfriend and his lovely Dog ‘Lilly’ (a Dalmatian) and me all ended up moving in together...

Then... not long ago, he proposed to my ex-wife and they are engaged.. So.. I now live with my ex-wife and her fiancé.. it’s not weird.. I’m so happy for them, and they are both so very supportive of me and the rest of the journey.


Ahead of my birthday and the operation, my ex-wife and the girlfriends of mine have organised a party... which instead of a normal ‘birthday party’ have turned it into a hens-night style “vagina party” to celebrate my 5th birthday wish.. awesome..

I think I’m up to date.. stay tuned.. it’s only 14 days to go to surgery, and today I had to stop using estradot patches.. 😒 so I’ll probably be extra bitchy next week..

Xx Angie

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2020, 05:05:37 am »
Yay.. it’s a week to go.. hopefully by this time in a week, I’ll have survived the operation and be sporting a new vagina..

The party on Saturday night was awesome.. the girls really made it fun.. I apparently gave a really good speech. Providing something for the teenage girls to absorb.. something about resilience and the courage to do what’s right for you, despite all the fears and uncertainty.

I’m also off alcohol.. it’s going to be an interesting week..

I’ve paid the Dr, and had my pre-operation tests.. that included and ECG.. the young woman putting on all the sensors looked several times and later checked the details on my form..

A busy last week of work.. then a weekend of last minute things.. thats probably when the anxiety might kick in..

Ang.

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2020, 05:05:54 am »
Hi everyone

Well, it’s getting really close to operation day..  Tomorrow is my last day at work for just over 5 weeks..

I’ve paid the hospital bill (yeah you pay the estimated amount in advance if you’re cash paying).

I have confirmed that I have a private room booking.. I’ll make sure to check that tomorrow when they ring to confirm what time I need to be there on Monday and when I need to stop eating..

I’ve had really bad hay fever this past 2 weeks.. people think I had COVID.. it’s getting better, helped by the rain today..

Now that I’m not as busy working to get everything done before I go on leave, it’s all starting to get to me a little.. in a few days I’ll finally get my 5th Birthday wish.. 😢

I’m not so much worried about the operation, I think it’s a bit of anxiety of the unknown and the long recovery.

It’s all worth it to me, I know and believe it.

I was asked the other day how I felt about being one of the first women in Australia to be having a full peritoneal pull-through method vaginoplasty done in Australia by an Australian surgeon.  I said, it’s fantastic. And I plan on writing about it. The surgeon (Dr Kieran Hart) is wonderful and very talented.

Only 4 days to go, and on the 4th day I’ll have the best birthday present 🎁 ever.

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #12 on: November 05, 2020, 08:24:22 am »
Hi AngelaJade,

Good luck with the surgery.

I also have issues with allergies.  It helps a lot if I pull the little weeds that cause them.
I also run an air filter that helps me sleep by generating white noise to mask the road noise.

Marion

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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2020, 05:36:13 am »
Only 32 hours or so until I need to check in to hospital...

I went shopping for some last minute things today, and started getting everything together to take with me.. I’ll pack it into my carry-on suitcase. Hmm, haven’t used that in a while.

Getting a bit nervous 😬

It will be an early start on Monday, check-in is at 06:30.. so I’m hoping for a morning surgery, so I’m up and awake before afternoon tea and dinner.

xx Ang

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2020, 08:52:07 am »
Only 32 hours or so until I need to check in to hospital...

I went shopping for some last minute things today, and started getting everything together to take with me.. I’ll pack it into my carry-on suitcase. Hmm, haven’t used that in a while.

Getting a bit nervous

It will be an early start on Monday, check-in is at 06:30.. so I’m hoping for a morning surgery, so I’m up and awake before afternoon tea and dinner.

xx Ang
Sending extra hugs Ang - that’s sooooo exciting! Keep posting to let us know how ur recovery goes!  Xx


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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2020, 06:48:47 pm »
@AngelaJade
Dear Angie

Wishing you
....a very :icon_flower: :icon_flower: Happy Birthday :icon_flower: :icon_flower:
                         :icon_birthday: :icon_birthday: :icon_birthday:
I hope that your special day includes time with family and friends...
... with  Candles and CAKE.


HUGS and best wishes on your special day and birthday on November 9th.
Danielle
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A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2020, 06:49:32 pm »
@AngelaJade
Dear Angie:
Not only is Monday a big day for you regarding your morning surgery....
..... but also it is your Birthday !!!
I trust and hope that you can feel well enough celebrate your birthday with at least some cake!!!!
We will all be thinking of you and wishing you well, and a quick healing.

HUGS, HUGS, HUGS, and more HUGS 
Danielle


Only 32 hours or so until I need to check in to hospital...

I went shopping for some last minute things today, and started getting everything together to take with me.. I’ll pack it into my carry-on suitcase. Hmm, haven’t used that in a while.

Getting a bit nervous 😬

It will be an early start on Monday, check-in is at 06:30.. so I’m hoping for a morning surgery, so I’m up and awake before afternoon tea and dinner.

xx Ang
***SEE MY LINKS BELOW
The Ramblings of a Northern*Star Girl
A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 40

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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2020, 01:57:32 am »
Hello everyone

Yay. I’m awake and so very happy.. I made it.

Ive had dinner, and my ex-wife brought me a small birthday cake...


So... I’ll post more details later, but...

The operation was about 6 hours long..

I woke up in recovery and went back to sleep for a while..

Dr Hart came to visit and was all smiles and is very happy. I’m also #1... the person he did the operation on a ween ago was a revision... woohoo.

That’s it for now.. I’ll post tomorrow.

Angie.

Ps how do I post a photo..

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2020, 09:47:54 am »
@AngelaJade
Dear Angie:
I am so glad to read that you are out of surgery and that you awake, had dinner,
 and you were brought a Birthday Cake.   
This day appears to be a Happiest Birthday for you.

Below are two picture posting links that will give you information regarding
posting pictures here on the Forums, on your posting comments and on your Forums Private Messages.

            Trouble posting pictures??? HERE ARE THE INSTRUCTIONS
      https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,239999.0.html

                    Picture posting instructions
              https://www.susans.org/forums/index.php/topic,250315.0.html

I am wishing you a quick and successful recovery.
As you are able and feel comfortable doing I will be eagerly looking for your updates.
HUGS,
Danielle


             
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A New Chapter: ALASKAN DANIELLE's Chronicles
I am the HUNTED PREY: Danielle’s Chronicles
Things change re: ALASKAN DANIELLE
Positive Mindset... put away negativity

Started HRT:   March 2015
Went Full-Time    December 2016
Quit my male-mode job and relocated to a very small town in Alaska in January 2017
I'm a blonde, blue eyed woman, Age 40

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Re: Angies Blog - Part 4: The last Stage (GCS)
« Reply #19 on: November 10, 2020, 01:24:01 pm »
Ye ole disclaimer

Before I get into describing how my surgery and recovery is going, I should provide a bit of a disclaimer. These comments are my own, and reflect my experiences.

 Everyone is different and therefore you’re experiences may be different.  It’s also a bit like how the financial advisors will say, past performance may not reflect future performance. I do hope though, that my experiences, like every one else who has gender affirmation surgery, helps in some way to provide some understanding and guidance in what to expect.

Ang

Nov 2017 - Diagnosed with GD
Jan 2018 - Commenced HRT (e-patches & CPA)
Dec 2018 - Legally changed name & Gender
Mar 2019 - Openly living as a woman.
Nov 2020 - GCS (PPV with Dr Kieran Hart, Canberra)



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