Where Shall I Begin my Journey?

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    • #130816

      Hello users of Transgender Heaven. My name is Maika. It is very nice to meet you all within this splendid community. With regards to brevity in my intent of this first post of mine, I want to be a girl. I have known throughout my entire life that I am one, but I have lived as a captive to this form of which I did not choose. More specifically, I wish to take HRT or any form of hormones that will ultimately pave the way for who I was meant to live as all this time. I am currrently 23, so I am a late beginner and fear that it is too late. However, I do not know where to acquire this medication affordably as well as how to acquire it without my mother knowing (I am a legal adult living alone, but I am still under her insurance). My mother knows about my state of existence, but she denies it and continually follows into her transphobic ideations that have kept me silent throughout my youth and college years. In order to start, I must know where in Tennessee would I access the essential medication necessary. If it be pills, injections, or both, I will take it, but I need to know what and where. For instance, what pharmacy would be the best and who should I contact? I understand there are therapy places across this nation, but I would rather keep it primarily local (Franklin/Nashville area). My main goals are to get longer hair (I take finasteride and minoxidil as a result of years of dryer/hairspray abuse due to appearance requirements at an old retail job of mine, and while it is growing in much better, I want more progress) and to get a slightly more feminine frame and smoother skin (I am relatively short, but I want to be a bit more “cute”). I do not mind wigs, but I would rather have my real hair be longer. I know that certain foods can help, and I would like to know what kind would benefit with this. Furthermore, I do not want surgery, and I do not care much for breasts, although if I get them, I do not mind, but I also want to eliminate my facial hair as well. If there are any preferable organizations to contact or any tips regarding the best method of beginning available, please inform in the responses to this post. Thank you so much. I have nothing except for vast love for this community and all the wonderful individuals here, and I wish only the best!

    • #130826

      Hi Maika you are not late in arriving, you have your whole life ahead of you and it seems that you know what you want. I have forty years on you and have lived a lie for so long. I would say that by all accounts the timing is just about right for you. I wish you all the best in your future. It will be amazing I’m sure. Hugs Katie


      • #130828

        *hugs back* Thank you so much Katie for your response, for it has brought a sense of reassurance to clear my many apprehensions at this very time. I believe it is indeed time to start, and forty years or more is not a bad place to begin. I am just glad that you found your true self (you look splendid by the way, and your kindness also compliments such beauty)! In fact, there isn’t ever a bad timing to begin with something like this. It is better later than never, and amidst all this, the magnificence of a person is always there to stay!

    • #130832
      DeeAnn Hopings


      You found us! Very Good!

      No, you are not late. There are many here who stated MUCH later. My public coming out was in 2015 at the age of 67. However, I have no plans to do hormone therapy or affirmation surgeries.  If you want to understand my path, there is a video of a speech that I gave earlier this year under Recent Articles with the name: From THERE To HERE…

      Anyway, there are various risks in trying to do hormone replacement therapy on your own. Some things need monitoring in order to avoid any long term damage. Working with a doctor, often an endocrinologist, is a great way to get a handle on what you need to do from a medical perspective. Many find that working with a therapist experienced with gender issues to be very helpful. The human mind often will respond in such a way as to avoid confrontation and lower stress levels. That’s what makes thinking about serious, life changing decisions very difficult. A therapist can help you to stay focused on what needs to be thought about. Many also find it very helpful to connect with the local trans community for social and emotional support. I suggest doing a search for transgender resources in your area.

      You may search for other members in your area by clicking on Social in the menu and then Member Directory.

      I encourage you to complete your Profile page as it helps others to understand you and your situation…

    • #130833


      You found us and for that we are all very happy.
      There is no wrong time to start, I started just after turning 55.
      I am using Planned Parenthood, you may look to see if they are in your area. If so, they will help you. And I am using the patches for my hormone therapy.
      If you ever need to talk or rant feel free to drop a line.

      Shiloh Rose 🌹

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