Day one

Hello friends,

Wednesday was a wonderful and exciting day and I am so happy to share it with you. Hormone Replacement Therapy is arguably one of the most important steps in the life of a transgender person. There are of course other huge steps but this is up there. Medically adjusting the hormones in your body allows it to change, and eventually for you to feel that your gender and gender identity match.

This is my disclaimer and warning statement: hormones are chemicals made by the body which control vital functions. The administering of hormones should always be done by medical professionals and monitored. I do not condone ordering black market medications or taking someone else's. Be safe and be smart.

Ok, so a couple months ago I began researching hormones and doctors in my area who deal with transgender patients. I found some online resources and found a doctor. I knew I wanted a doctor who was familiar and who did informed consent. What this means is that the doctor does not require a letter from a psychologist to start hormone treatment. The recognized standard is informed consent, however, many doctors still require a letter.

Next I scheduled with the doctor and began waiting and doing research. The Internet has a world of resources and I find that it's always best to educate yourself before going to the doctor.

Fast forward to yesterday. At long last, after years of wondering and months of excitement I was going to meet the doctor. I was blessed to have my mother join me. With great anticipation I filled out the paperwork and waited to be called back.

The appointment was rather anti climactic. Everything felt routine. Vitals, health history questions, and then the doctor came in. We briefly discussed my gender history. We went over the options and risks. Labs were taken and the doctor wrote me prescriptions....and that was it. Less than 30 minutes and I was on my way to being me.

You know what, that wasn't it. The doctor was wonderful. She answered all of my questions and all of my mothers. She had an amazing bedside manner. If you are in Colorado and looking for a doctor please feel free to contact me for her information.

Later that day I filled my scrips and began my medications. I was prescribed a testosterone blocker commonly referred to as Spiro and an estrogen patch. There are several options available and this is what my doctor and I decided to try. Side effects and experiences are as varied as those who take medications but as of yet I feel good. I will give periodic updates as well as monthly photo updates. Changes can come slow and the waiting can be frustrating. Over time there will be changes in skin, hair, fat placement and breast growth. There will also be changes in the way the chemicals affect brain function. It is true that men's and women's brains function differently and the reason for this is partially due to the hormones in their systems. So I look forward to taking this journey one step at a time.

Thank you all for your love and support. This journey is in its infancy. I look forward to continuing and growing. Please feel free to message with questions and comments.

XOXO,

Trish

"Nothing is too girly and nothing is too masculine. But I do love color, and maybe that's a little girly - especially pink." Stacy London


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