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Here's the latest update from the Pentagon:
With POTUS' short attention span, he may not remember to issue any guidelines, and the whole thing will be dropped. We'll see if this is just another brain fart from the Idiot-In-Chief.
Birth sex = gender, back when I grew up (60,70's) they were considered one in the same, with no options, no variances. I was socialized as a boy, I got along as best I could. I had major social issues growing up, my first day of school my mother was summoned for discussions with the teacher. I was taken to many counselors as a young person. I was put in "special classes" in school. I worried about why I liked girls and girl things so much, this produced anxiety and fear of being discovered. The prevailing messages of the day, told me that it was simply unacceptable for boys to be feminine. So all my desires and thoughts went underground (sometimes surfacing at the oddest times). In 1976 I read the story about Rene Richards in a magazine, I did not let anyone see me read this. I knew then I wanted to live as female and her story was hugely inspirational to me at the time. The pictures of her in her tennis dress on the court competing in Women's tennis, was unbelievable, I was jaw dropped. I knew I wanted a sex change then. I dreamed of having a female body, I dreamed of living as a woman, it was overwhelming. Much of my adult life was spent keeping these desires suppressed. I remember when I proposed to my wife to be, I was thinking this would fix me. I created an external facade so that no one would suspect me. I could only last so long, before I had to face my truth, and my being. Today my early dreams have largely come true, while it's not all roses, and nothing is perfect, I live a far more authentic life and my overall well being is the best ever.
Good info, yes there are risks, and I take steps to help mitigate them. My Dr helps keep me running in top form here later in life. I get blood work done every 6 months, and I have my hormone regimen fine tuned post op. Exercise, diet, and regular monitoring helps keep my overall well being far better than before. My BP / glucose readings are substantially better these days. I have annual mammograms performed as well.
Heath and happiness
Thank you for posting this Carolyn Marie. HRT as we call it is quite risky for many of us. I have severe coronary artery disease(CVD). Some forms of E could prove very injurious and all might have the potential of danger especially if i was foolish enough to self medicate. This passage points to my prescribed path:
"Compared with high-dose oral ethinyl estradiol formulations, lower-dose transdermal and oral bioidentical estrogen formulations are superior. It is crucial to reduce CV risk factors, such as increased BP, diabetes and tobacco use, for the prevention of CVD in transgender populations, especially older transgender women with higher CV risks, regardless of the age of initiation or duration of CSHT, according to the authors."
I'm grateful to a great team of doctors who supervise and keep this old gal moving.