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Valfole

Hi everyone,

 

   My spouse came out as trans very recently and we’re both still trying to process everything in our mind. We are both very happy to stay together (I recently came out as Pan and she is still attracted to women) but we are very anxious about how everything will change. This is mainly because we just don’t know that much. I was wondering if anyone has any words of wisdom from the other side of this journey that they wish they had at the start, either for the person transitioning or their spouse. I wholeheartedly support her in this transition (although I will admit my anxiety and insecurities have been MUCH more present but I gather that is fairly common). I want to make sure I support her without driving her insane and without pushing aside my own feelings in an effort to protect her from extra stress. I know counseling/therapy is a big one and we are working on getting that set up. Is there any other advice you all can think of?

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My take - In a nutshell - Keep talking and try to avoid raising any barriers as, if you are not careful, they can become mountains. Try to put yourselves in each others shoes (in your minds) so you better understand each other. It is really about supporting each other. Empathy is good!

 

It's good that you are starting well. Long may it continue :)

 

Tracy

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