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It is a beginning... I would like to start by saying that I am thankful that this site exists. While there is content available as videos, the ability to connect with people that are living and thriving, struggling and triumphing is a source of relief for me. I am unsure what I will find on this journey. Let me tell the short story that I have never told anyone.
  Almost a year ago, while on a family vacation for the 4th of July, I was reading up on what it means to be trans because my oldest chosen child identifies as a trans man and I wanted to be the most supportive parent I could be. While reading an article about an older trans-woman's realization, I discovered the truth of my identity. It wasn't like reading one article and bam. It was more the culmination of a lifetime of interest and months of research that the realization hit me. And then bam the dam burst and the hundreds of articles and dozens of videos worth of information flooded over me. They were talking about me... I literally hit the floor and couldn't breathe. I am not prone to panic attacks but I am sure that was what that was. Just thinking back to it brings my heart to my throat. This is a major possibly insurmountable problem for me.
  Now... allow me to tell you a few things about myself. I am a 42 year old trans-woman. I am married and a father of 4. Two mine and two adopted. I am an engineer, a science nerd, DnD geek, a bookworm, and a veteran of Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I am closeted with the exception of my therapist, because I find myself in a precarious situation.
  I am trying to figure out what this means for my future and that of my family.  I found this site looking for answers, and I have found some...

thank you,

Hello Krestella, and welcome to the community!!



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Brooke Renee:
Hello Krestella,

Welcome to the community, we are very happy to meet you.  I was also happy to read that you have a therapist to help you in this crazy journey.  In addition to your therapist, I think you will find that this forum is filled with amazing women that are eager to help out a new sister.  Honestly, I would be lost without them. 

We look forward to hearing more from you!

Kindest Regards,


I just noticed that I had already welcomed you once Krestella, but I wanted you to know that you are really, really welcome here! Although we all have different stories, we often find comfort in knowing that many others before us have travelled this path. What you decide to do, and the exact path you take, are unique to you. Hopefully you will find some information here which will help guide you and make the journey a little easier.

Thanks for posting an introduction, and please feel free to ask questions.

Love always -- Jessica Rose


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