Committed to transition

It’s begins with self-love –
a connection between heart and mind

This is about my personal experiences, which have brought me to where I am today, happier with myself, my life, everything and everyone in it.

Slightly more than four years ago my life begin to shift. In a way I’d secretly longed for since being a young boy but kept locked away in the shadows. I didn’t recognize the ongoing damage that compounded year on year, to myself and all those close to me, and especially on my wives, partner and my two beautiful children.

This memoire began late in 2016. I had always known deep down inside me who and what I was, but it was at this point where it all began to change my life for the better.

Living in a fairly rural part of West Central France was not the easiest place to begin the discovery of my true self. However, on reflection, I’m am not completely sure that it wasn’t the catalyst that launched me into my future.

Living alone since 2012, with nobody in my life to guide or support me, there was no other choice but to find the courage, strength, and determination to forge my way ahead, to get to where I knew I so badly needed to be.

The perspective

Let me clarify my feelings and thoughts at that time; I had kept things hidden for so long and created such pain in my life, for myself and those close to me. I believed I was protecting them by being secretive. Oh my, how so very wrong I was!

Discovering that I had never loved myself brought powerful changes. It lighted the fuse on my life and set me free in the most amazing ways. My life took off in ways I’d never perceived possible. Describing it as “on the crest of a wave” feels like an understatement at just how deeply it impacted upon me.

I badly needed this to happen, to live as my true self. And as I began, I understood that if nothing else changed in my life, I was just happy to live my life in this way. Physically a man but knowing that inside I wasn’t truly a man in any sense.

The power surge

Step one, the first major changes:

  • To change my name legally – in the UK where I was born, it was fairly straight forward and easy to accomplish.
  • Getting a new passport – not so easy and was a very trouble process. It ended with me being informed that I would be provided one stating ‘male’ and not ‘female.’ To my surprise it arrived just as I wanted.

Step two – I spent days, if not weeks researching into hormone treatment. This became a very serious activity due to heart bypass surgery in 2006 that dictated daily medication since. Certain drugs cannot be taken with what I need to take. I could suffer bad or life threatening effects, so extreme caution is required on my part.

My research discovered minor complications reported and I had to dig deeper into the mass of information. After reading many accounts, medical reports from around the world, reviews by those who had taken such medications – un-prescribed and prescribed, I eventually made a choice. I found a plant based medication that stated it could produce breast growth in men and could be beneficial to women, too. Even worrying about reports of side effects, illness, or death, I promptly ordered three bottles to last a period of three months.  I was apprehensive to take them but begin a daily intake quite soon. That was how badly I needed to do this and prepared to risk all to at least try to achieve what I wanted and needed to calm my inner self. I cannot recommend or condone my actions to anyone else; this was my choice alone and I accepted the risks knowingly.

During the first year of this journey, I discovered that I could get medical assistance and all treatment free of charge under the social system in France. That was a huge surprise to me, having believed I would never have the funds to proceed any further. By this time, small breasts had started to develop from the effects of the pills I was taking.

I was very unsure of how far to take this. I was then 63. The longer the idea sat in my mind, the more I came to understand that this had been a lifelong dream. The chance of it becoming a reality just grew and grew.

I had become a little unsettled at this point, not feeling I was a man or a woman, what was I? This was driving more toward surgery to resolve this discord in me. Needless to say, it didn’t take long before I understood what decision I needed to make in pursuit of my dream.

January 1st, 2021

I am two weeks away from an appointment with the surgeon who will carry out my operation, having been delayed since last June. I will get to put my signature on a document that will begin the creation of my dream coming true. Finally, after nearly four years I have been prescribed hormone medication. I learned I would never have got it sooner, they required me passing a psychological MMIP2 personality test before the decision could be made. An aspect that was never verbalised, but evident when I met with the endocrinologist recently.

I have no regrets about any part of my life, but somehow it still feels a pity that it took so long to get to this point. I became determined to reach this monumental event, where I have had to push myself and against the system to make it happen. I am still stunned that I am so close.

I’ve had many years to ponder on possibilities and outcomes, hopes and desires. What this proves beyond a shadow of a doubt is that you cannot keep this inside of your forever. Eventually you’ll need to fully acknowledging it. It might destroy you if you don’t accept it; I am sure I came too close for comfort more than once on my journey.

The comprehension of my life leads me to understand that I simply wasn’t ready at an earlier age to go through transition. I can live with this as a reason for it not happening sooner. I am a great deal wiser, more knowledgeable, and have greater awareness or myself and the world we live in, more than I ever have.

I fully acknowledge my earlier life made me who I am now, accepting it all, including things I thought to be mistakes at the time. Life is an extremely complicated process; we can never understand everything or ever will. I will continue on my path, closer to knowing my sense of purpose in life. Who and what I am and how we are all connected in such a way is mind boggling! I have so much more to learn, share, and discover about myself and the incredible world we live in !!!

My future awaits its creation by me

I thank all of you who read my articles, take time to write a reply, ask questions, share your own thoughts and experiences, and interact with me on any level. I believe that this is what I need to do, in the same way that I knew and needed to transition while I could still enjoy life.

Every action has an effect, I am consciously creating good and powerful effects through my writing, my interactions with others in the way I think, speak, and conduct myself every day of my life. My actions are pure and from the heart with only the best of intentions and given with love and compassion. I am so very grateful for the opportunities I have had all throughout my life and I am content with the simple things I have in life. I love life and all that is in it.

The greatest and most empowering decision that I have ever made and so very grateful for is – just to be who I always have been!

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Born in London, England and a life long journey incorporating two marriages and a long relationship that eventually brought me to France. My two children and all of my family are fine with my choice to finally be the person I have always been. I am a creative, artistic soul who loves good food,cooking and real friends. Will I ever fall in love, will someone fall in love with me and does it matter? I have the love of my family and some very good friends in my life

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Dawn Summers
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Dawn Summers (@dawnautom)
3 months ago

Hi Sophia, I’m 47 years old I know all to well what this road is like trying to live as your true self, I’m part way there my self to living full time as my true self I just have to get past that final hurtle of fear that we all face, witch is actually a silly thing as I already wear women’s clothing 24/7 anyways but there gender neutral so I don’t know if anyone really knows or not, it’s that final leap when everyone knows that’s the problem. I curtsey to you and your acompleshment to living as… Read more »

Melanie Penson
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Melanie Penson (@melaniep)
3 months ago

Hi Sophie I can relate to virtually everything in your post. I too had “sacrificed myself” for nearly 40 years in order to conform to what both parents and society expected of me. That was a horrifying experience looking back; countless nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts. I soon learned not to turn to my parents as I was invalidated, my experiences minimised or scoffed at. I was alone in my confusion. My mum is claiming that I want to transition because I’m mentally ill. The truth is that I became ill because I was struggling to keep up the pretence… Read more »

Evilin Hart
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Evilin Hart (@evilin)
3 months ago

Aaaaawwww Sophie,
You wouldn’t believe how relatable our stories are. I wish I could share with everyone the wonderful feelings and emotions and “DREAMS” (OMG)!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, that’s a little off topic.
My point is that although I have only re-realized the woman inside me, (for lack of a better explanation), the feelings I have about possible operations to better complete me and it’s covered by public health!
I wish I could be were you are now.🤗🤗🤗🤗
I wish you all the best love.
Everyone else will love you if love yourself.
Loves
EVI 💞

Evilin Hart
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Evilin Hart (@evilin)
3 months ago
Reply to  SophieFR

Thank you Sophie,
I was having one of those doubting myself mornings, is this my mind playing tricks on me?

No, this can’t be a trick, my dreams, my feelings, my emotions, my thoughts……….
They are all telling me the same thing.
I long to be safely nestled in my King’s loving arms.
Thank you for reminding me this morning that I can no longer hide who I truely am.
We Are Who We Are!
We Are Only Human After All!

Loves EVI💞

Lily-Rose Bodin
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Lily-Rose Bodin (@lilyrose)
3 months ago

Hi Sophie ❤️ I just loved reading your story. I can relate to almost everything you wrote. It was almost me you described. I’m 63, though I inside me have known I was female in a mans body. When I grew up in Sweden being transgender was a mentally disturbed person, it was very bad. So all my life I have suppressed the thought of me being transgender. I have always been one of the girls. When at a party I always end up in the kitchen talking to the women. I talk very little with the men. But this… Read more »

Lily-Rose Bodin
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Lily-Rose Bodin (@lilyrose)
3 months ago
Reply to  SophieFR

As I did come out not so long ago I have understood that times are so different for us now. When I came out at work, before it I was scared to death, nobody was surprised at all. One girl said “oh just that”. She was afraid I’ve gotten cancer or something like that. Today when I came home I realized that I’ve missed some eyeshadow from yesterday. Nobody said anything about it. It’s amazing how times have changed for the better.
Lots of Hugs
Lily-Roy

Evilin Hart
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Evilin Hart (@evilin)
3 months ago

Sing it load and proud Lily-Rose,
It sounds like our songs are being sung in unison.
Loves EVI 💞

Lily-Rose Bodin
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Lily-Rose Bodin (@lilyrose)
3 months ago
Reply to  Evilin Hartman

Yes❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love you
Lily

Zoey D
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Zoey D (@thezoey)
3 months ago

Hi Sophie…I relate to ur story so much!…im about to turn 37 and have lived my whole life hiding behind an image of what society wanted me to b…its driven me to very dark places within my life, and within my own mind…I finally decided I couldn’t take it any longer, and a week ago today, I revealed my true self to my therapist…just telling that 1 person who I am was such a huge relieve!…I feel so much lighter and happier…and revealing myself to 1 person, opened me up, so that in the week since, I had the opportunity… Read more »

Zoey D
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Zoey D (@thezoey)
3 months ago
Reply to  SophieFR

Thank u so much 😊

Joyce Mitchell
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Joyce Mitchell (@joyceann)
3 months ago

Sophie, Since I joined TGH, almost a whole two days ago, I’ve been reading the comments, articles and stories and the first thing that jumps out is the deep pain that every transgender person has had to live with. Some, just as yourself, for decades. There’s so much despair and hopelessness verbalized by everyone who had to live their lives in the wrong body. Then there are the lies and the deceit which in turn causes guilt and shame which seems multiplied by the burden of societal judgment. It also seems that so many people turned to alcohol and/or drugs… Read more »

Joyce Mitchell
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Joyce Mitchell (@joyceann)
3 months ago
Reply to  SophieFR

I’m looking forward to hearing from you Sophie.

Evilin Hart
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Evilin Hart (@evilin)
3 months ago
Reply to  Joyce Mitchell

Don’t stop being you Joyce,
And let yourself get carried away.
“Be The Free Only You Can Be”
Loves
EVI 💞

Joyce Mitchell
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Joyce Mitchell (@joyceann)
3 months ago
Reply to  Evilin Hartman

Thank you Evilin for your reply. I’m definitely just me and I promise to state my case when I get a chance. I’m not a bit shy either. Lol

wendyswld@yahoo.com
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[email protected] (@wendyswldyahoo-com)
3 months ago

It is so good to hear you are reaching out to fulfill yourself. For me hormones were the big step and I’ve never regretted that decision. It is a journey that comes to us at the right time even though it’s easy to think we’ve wasted time. Be well.

Timmie Sawyer
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Timmie Sawyer (@sawman56)
3 months ago

Sophie, Reading your story has so many similarities to my life, it helps me understand I am on the right path. I started my journey in 2019 at the age of 59. Knowing that I would hurt the people I love, I didn’t think I could do this because of my age. I do know if I did nothing I would not be here anymore, the demons in my head had already taken over my life, I found Drugs, and how to shut down my feelings, (thinking) I was protecting the people around me and myself, no one likes to… Read more »

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