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This is the start of the third month, of a new journey, down a new path, as the woman that I always felt I was since my birth.
How does one deal with being told, by a doctor, that what you always “knew” about yourself, was true? I’ve spent a fair amount of time mentally reviewing my life up till now, and pondering what the future may hold for me as an intersex woman.
We are a bit of a mystery for many people, they may have heard the term but really have no concept of what it means. I know now that I am on a mission to share about being intersex, to help those around me and others I meet, understand just who, what and why, we are who we are. We are as common as red haired and left handed people. Statistically 1 out every 100 people may be intersex. Some knew from a young age, others find out in their later years, as I have, and some people aren’t found to be intersex until they’ve died and an autopsy is performed. I will be sharing more about being intersex on future pages as I continue delving into as much information as I can find.
Friends and co workers have suggested that it is like being reborn. With a realization that I am truly, medically speaking, and now legally in the province I reside in, a woman, my life has definitely changed! My medical cards and ID were changed a year ago, and now the ‘F’ in the gender box is 100% accurate!
Some of my girlfriends at work were saying Happy Birthday, congratulating me, and telling me I should celebrate. So, what does a woman do to celebrate a birthday if nobody gets her a birthday gift? She goes shopping of course, and buys herself something nice! My favorite clothing store, ‘Cleo’, was having a 50% off sale on all summer tops, so I went in to look around and several tops reached out to me and said, “buy me!” They’re gorgeous, very nicely styled, comfortable, and, they don’t wrinkle! I also called up my hairdresser as it was time for some hair care as my mane was looking and feeling a bit on the needy side! She went to work and performed her miracles with a slightly shorter and softer style that she added some highlights to. I love the new do!
Lauren, the woman who was always inside, is now outside, and very happy with her life and wanting to share her joy with all those around her. My hope is that her story, Lauren’s journey, will provide some insight into what it was like to grow up knowing she was different but possessing no knowledge of what or why, and moving through her life until finally discovering who she truly is.
On my public photo page I shared a selfie of Lauren with her new hairdo and wearing one of her new tops.
Big hugs girls,
Ms. Lauren M
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