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I can’t remember when I was last here, maybe 2 years ago? A lot has happened since then and I’m SO glad to be back.
I have had to stop working, mainly due to ill health but also total lack of support from my managers ( i’ve had 13 changes of manager in as many years). I felt that no-one was listening to me and no-one took my concerns seriously either. There was sure one lumpy carpet in my manager’s office!!
I’m still far too ill to work but it’s not all bad news; far from it. I have told my parents sbout my plans as Melanie; my dad at least took it rather well. Not so sure about Mum, she didn’t say anything but the look on her face told me she needs time to adjust to having a daughter.
I have also joined a local well-being cafe, a mental health drop in centre run by a local church ( that I have also joined). I’m volunteering at the cafe now and it is a total change from work. Everyone has time for everyone else, you are not expected to say “I’m fine” when you are clearly not. I have discovered that I have some talent for counselling so I’m working my way through a few guide books and have just enrolled on a mental health counselling taster course online.
But by far the best news is that I am totally accepted as Melanie, Female. I have made dome wonderfully supportive female friends to whom I’m ” one of the girls”, we have long chats about anything and they help me out with advice and tips. I’ve been dressing and living as a woman for just over 3 years now but only recently been going out in skirts and hosiery. It feels so liberating to be finally shaking free of my old, depressed and restrictive male life and entering the open, sjnlight world of womanhood.
Love and hugs from Melanie xx
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