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Are you in crisis?
« on: July 28, 2005, 02:36:05 pm »
This is just an idea and I thought I would throw it out there and see if anyone needs it.
We try to encourage and support each other here and perhaps this is an area that needs to be addressed.

Are you in crisis? Are you seriously contemplating suicide? Would you like to talk to someone?
I know no one here is a licensed counselor or anything, I just thought perhaps someone might like to talk about something that is really weighing them down to the point they are thinking of just chucking it all. Sometimes it helps just to talk.

I would ask that anyone who participates in this thread keep judgments to themselves. The important thing is to listen, offer hope and comfort and perhaps something from your own experience that helped you through a similar time of crises.

Please note: This is not intended to take the place of talking to a good therapist or counselor. Just a place to talk. It is highly reccommended that if you are in crisis to get professional help.



Good Journey,

Cassie

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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2005, 12:09:20 am »
Very cool Cassandra, I do so agree.

Miisery sucks....and the beauty of susans is that we (as a group) are multr-generational....a blending of realitys.

Are you in crisis?

Please talk to us here (private or in forums).....ask any regular user of susans for help...and we are all here for you. Know why? It is because we know how it feels....to be alone.....to think you are the only one like yourself. Yep....we know about that stuff.

To be Transgender is a hard thing......but you are not alone.

Love DebTV



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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2005, 05:50:41 am »
In crisis?  Honey, I am a crisis!

But seriously, anyone who needs to blow something off their mind can always PM me.  I'm open to discussion, and it's always good to talk stuff through.

Or you could just post in the PMS forum.  That's what it's there for  :angel:
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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2005, 04:21:05 am »
Hi Cassie,

As you know my recent experiences where rather difficult but it was the ability to talk to the people here that helped me when I felt quite devastated.

Although I chose to create a new post I think that this one may encourage someone who does not want to go to that length.
 
If I may, I would invite anyone who feels that things are a little out of control to put the words down in this forum it will help and certainly reading the responses also helps.

Thanks for thinking of this Cassie

Shelley

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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2005, 12:39:32 pm »
Crisis, no, stressful time, yes.  It always seems that when you need a counselor the most, you can't afford to pay them.

I am glad for a place like Susan's, it give you a place to visit with others in similiar situations and a chance to chat with others who really do care about you.

Coming here gives me a chance to talk and when I talk, I seem to feel better.

Sarah
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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2005, 06:40:20 pm »
Hi Sarah,

I do monitor this thread. I did start it after all. It began as an attempt to try to catch suicides that might be falling through the cracks. It is true though, that all of Susan's is a support site. I thought at the time that I started this that some folks might need a little more and if they alerted me here I could PM them so they could talk to someone privately and I could help them find the strength to seek professional counseling and get beyond their current crisis. I also thought that others here might be able to help people in crisis as well. I guess maybe I was being a little arrogant. I am always trying to save the world. Just seems to be in my nature. I have very big shoulders.

I just want people to know that there is always somebody available. You know whenever I log on I always see whos online. There is always somebody here. What a better place. I had my own moment of crisis on my birthday. It was private no one knew but as a moderator I can talk to staff. I could cry right now thinking about how they were all there to offer support and encouragement. Actually I am crying. There is so much love and understanding here. It is such a wonderful site. I don't know what I would have done without it.

Good Journey,

Cassie

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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2005, 07:04:10 pm »
I have had several moments of crisis during my life.  I even attempted suicide as a teenager.  They caught me and pumped my stomach.

A little over 3 years ago I was in Susan's chat room and I told them I was sitting with a revolver in my lap.  I was crying and cut my chat off, they took the time and effort to track me down and send the police to see if I was ok.

I was furious at first, but finally did realize they were only looking out for me.  I got over it and thanked them and apoligized for my verbal attack at them that I posted right after the police left.

The people here do care.  I tend to go through mood swings, large ones.  I always have this has been a problem my entire life, so I attempt to keep myself under control.  I have found that the act of chatting with others helps to lift me from my depression.

I am available to help you any time you need (for now anyway) as long as I am able to stay on line.

Sarah
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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2005, 08:23:09 am »
Quote "I also thought that others here might be able to help people in crisis as well. I guess maybe I was being a little arrogant. I am always trying to save the world. Just seems to be in my nature. I have very big shoulders."

All I can say Cassie is that the quick responses from you and Steph at a time where I felt utterly destroyed helped me to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is nothing arrogant about what you have done here. I think the term is absolutely necessary and I hope people who need it use it.

If anyone wants a reference here it is. I am still here and pretty damn happy about.

Thanks Cassie

Shelley

harbour

Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2005, 04:59:04 am »
yes im in a crisis, every time i look at my reflection and see that boy staring back at me i hatehatehatehatehatehatehatehatehatehate it

but right now it seems like no one to talk to, no one real, just the online electric people , that councellor was useless and everybody i know in new zealand is too close to talk to and i know im shallow and i know im stupid and i cant stop whats coming cant stop what it is on its way

i feel like doing something big tomorrow

beth

Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2005, 12:34:16 pm »
hello Harbour,


                        it is very hard sometimes, i have been thru exactly the same feelings before. i never looked at myself in the mirror, i looked at my hair as i combed it, looked at my teeth as i brushed them etc but never looked at that person.

                       the lonely feelings are very hard also. i would try google. look for support groups, gathering places, etc. near you.    finding one relative, friend or even an aquaintance to tell helps greatly. online people helped me feel lots better, don't underestimate your electric friends.

                        i've had these feelings regularly for almost 50 years, they are very hard to cope with but they always ease some for a while and life looks better. this is a cycle that is very hard to deal with but possible to live with until you can arrive at a place where you can start to resolve things. Don't ever give up, it hurts but it will be better soon, i'm so glad that i didnt give up. life is lots better for me now and i promise it will be for you too.


love

beth

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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2005, 12:48:48 pm »
Beth's right, Harbour.  The worst times of our lives aren't representative.  And, although the internet can seem little more than just a bunch of thin imagery and text on a screen, it can be a powerful means of establishing contact with people out in the real world.  Up until a couple of months ago I was having great difficulty finding local support and company for people like me, but some Google searches turned up an organization near my place of work, and I've met people, gotten involved in activities, etc.  You'll hook up - I know you will. :)

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Cassandra

Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2005, 03:00:14 pm »
Hi Harbour,

You said:

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no one real, just the online electric people , that councellor was useless

Someone on this forum once said that behind all those electrons on the other end is a living breathing flesh and blood human being. The people on the other end of this line are people who have been through what you are going through and we do understand where you are coming from. As to the councellor you saw, this is kind of a hit and miss affair. Just keep looking and you will find the right councellor who you won't have to educate about transgender issues and is ready to listen to you instead of trying to jump to some diagnostic conclussion.

As Beth and Celia said just keep looking for those support groups. They are there somewhere and it is not easy to find them. When I first started looking for information and support groups on line I had to wade through pages and pages of porn site hits to find the ones that were real support groups buried somewhere in all the filth. Once I learned some of the correct terminology I was able to get direct hits to true transgender sites and so I found Susan's

It's a bit of a learning curve and once you get around one curve there is another bend in the road ahead. Just be patient and keep looking.

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yes im in a crisis, every time i look at my reflection and see that boy staring back at me i hatehatehatehatehatehatehatehatehatehate it

As I got older i stopped looking at the guy in the mirror. In fact I avoided mirrors. For a while I just didn't shave and that was worse then I started shaving in the shower without a mirror. I combed and brushed my hair without a mirror. I took the mirror out of my bathroom cause everytime I got out of the shower there was that body looking back. People would come to my house and say "Don't you have a mirror anywhere in this house" I'd just look at them and say "I don't like mirrors."

Since I've been transitioning I've been much happier. You can't get me away from the mirror. They are everywhere I even have them tucked away in desk drawers. My point is, things change. With time and the right help they will change for you too.

If you want to talk about anything off forum please feel free to PM anytime. I'm a good listener, (most of the time) and I keep things on a confidential level.

Please note I am not a liscensed counsellor or anything like that but I do keep confidences.

Good Journey,

Cassie

harbour

Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2005, 02:25:38 am »
wow, interesting to hear how some of you avoided mirrors, i did that for a long time, made sure that the mirror only focused on a certain part of my face, the mirror in my room was at an angle where it was easy to a void myself ive only just started looking properly in the mirror again anddd it depresses me, but its better than avoidance

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Stress
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2005, 10:56:39 am »
Stress, the killer of us all.

Some days it just feels like one thing after another.  Last week I found out my mother had a stroke, has an enlarged spleen and has leukemia.  The doctors gave her a year to live, now this week they say maybe a week or two.

My roommate (spouse, I hesitate to call her that, but we are still legally married) blew up at me over the bills.  Another weekend of just staring at each other with no words spoken.  I can only take so much of this.

I'm trying to refinace the house (we were supposed to sign on Wend) now it looks like I might be in Chicago then.  I ready to sell the house and split the money and call it quits.  I'm tired of struggling to hold things together, I'm not sure it is worth the agrivation.
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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2005, 11:07:42 am »
More <not allowed>, now the airlines say the ticket we currently have for November 5th is non refundable so we lose the money on those tickets if we go not.

And new tickets for us to leave Wend are $700 each.  No way I can handle that.  Screwed if you do and screwed if you don't.  They have us by the hair and no way out.  I hate life.
Nameless here for evermore!;  Merely this, and nothing more;
Tis the wind and nothing more!;  Quoth the Raven, "Nevermore!!"

Cassandra

Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #15 on: October 24, 2005, 12:11:45 pm »
Hang in there Sarah. I know how it feels when everything just starts piling up and you keep getting hit with bad news. I went through that around my Birthday, boy was that a b@#*h. I had better times standing up to my arse in snow in the middle of some field for the 48th hr without sleep, when I was in the Army in Germany.

All things do pass however, it's just a matter of keeping ones sanity while you're going through it. The airlines have gotten themselves quite a racket especially since the Patriot Act. The only thing that piece of cr..p protects is the airlines bottom line and the government from being sued for violating your right to privacy.

As far as getting to see your mother goes the only thing you can really do is bite the bullet and pay the $700 bucks or hope for the best and wait for the Nov 5 flight. Why don't you go by yourself now and then your wife can use the Nov 5 ticket to catch up with you later.

I hope things get better soon and I will keep you and your mother in my prayers that you will be able to see each other one more time before she passes from this world.

Best of luck and majorly big Hugs,

Cassie

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Back from Mother's funeral
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2005, 04:30:22 pm »
Hi,

I got back Sunday from my mother's funeral (she was 87).  The airlines charged us extra everywhere they could, this trip cost a fortune.

Then we got to the airport and they had our seats wrong, we were sitting half a plane apart, so we got them changed and that caused us to be SEARCHED (both going and coming back).  What a load of phooy.

When I got there we immeadiately got a phone call telling us to get over to the house right away.  She was aware of things when we got there, she would turn her head toward who ever was talking and did squeeze my hand a couple of times, but she was on her way out.  She was on moriphine and eventually went into a coma.  We sat at her bedside for about 6 hours before she died.

We went to the viewing and the funeral, then left.  She will be cremated and 1/2 her ashes spread over a lake in Wisconson (where my father had his ashes spread; 57 years married) and 1/2 buried in the plot where her second husband (10 years) will be buried.

When I left, I said goodbye to my brother who I haven't talked with in about 25 years and my sister who I haven't talked with in about 10 years.  I doubt that there will be any futher talking between any of us now that my mother is gone.

Sarah
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Shelley

Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2005, 06:34:29 am »
Which ever way it goes Sarah -Louise I hope it goes well for you.

Thinking of you.

Shelley

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Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2005, 12:11:29 am »
Sometimes, I feel like I can't deal with it anymore, then I get over what ever I was feeling and go on.  I don't know why I keep trying to show my true self and not the fake one I put up?  I know my life would be a lot simpler.

I wish I was as open as the people on this forum and chat board.


Cassandra

Re: Are you in crisis?
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2005, 12:48:19 am »
Hi Moni,

Susan's provides a place where we can be ourselves in a safe loving environment. Many people on this forum cannot be as open as they would like, outside of Susan's. It is frustrating for many so you should not feel like the only one. Before I began living full time I was allways having to be one person at home and another person outside. I did not care for the outside person and it was quite distressing to me.

Transition is a long process and takes a lot of patience. I am very happy to be living full time now and would never go back. When you are ready you too can live full time. But it is important to take your time. For some it is just a matter of plucking up the courage for others it is a matter of family jobs or other outside conditions. Each of these must be dealt with in their own time until ultimately you are able to be who you truly are all the time.

I wish you well and hope that you will one day to be as open as you see the people here at Susan's.

Big supportive hugs to you,

Cassie

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