Thinking about transitioning?

This is a major life altering step and of course you want to be sure. There are many articles available and more psychologists are becoming familiar with gender dysphoria. Know yourself is the best advise I can give. This step can affect your ability to earn a living and that is critical to having a pleasant life.

Make sure you have the money to finance yourself and any surgery you need. Some insurance companies are beginning to include surgery, doctor visits and hormones in their plan, but the majority do not at this time. I went to Bangkok where there are skilled surgeons a a more affordable price.

The first step is to make sure you have a trade, skill  or college degrees that will assure your income. These make you more marketable and assures your income. It also improves social acceptance. Nobody wants to be a social outcast or resort to the sex trade to survive. First things first.
Best wishes to all... Plan this with care.

What can I do about this? Is there hope for me?

    Yes, there is. Indeed, there are a multitude of options open to you, and in certain ways you can consider yourself spoilt for choices. The real issue is making certain you truly know what you want. Once you know that, I assure you that you can actually, truly achieve it....depending on a few factors which I will explain.For the classic, 'true' transsexual, such as your author, the future is very clean cut and straightforward. If you are less defined, if you are unsure or unclear, if your issues are not beyond question, then the multitude of choices become worth examination. Let us take this step by step.
    A classic, or 'true' transsexual follows a fairly predictable pattern, with a rather predictable and common life story. The basic cookie cutter version is easily summarized.

    The classic transsexual is aware of gender conflict at a very early stage in life, usually somewhere around the age of five. The gender issue causes problems throughout life, because the transsexual  cannot entirely suppress or deny the truth of their identity altogether, despite social pressure to do so. As time goes on, the agony of gender dysphoria, and a life of misery and self-denial, becomes unendurable and something must be done about it, either to correct it, or to permanently stop the suffering. For the latter group, the answer is too commonly suicide, but for the former, the answer is very standardized: hormones, followed usually by surgery.
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How Gender Reassignment Works

As you were growing up, how did you know you were a girl or a boy? Was it because you had a vagina or a penis? Or was it something more than your physiology? Some people feel that their minds and bodies don’t quite match up. This feeling is commonly known as transsexualism — a type of gender identity disorder. Transsexuals are dissatisfied with their sexual identity, body characteristics or gender role. They wish to live as the opposite gender and may transform their bodies through gender reassignment surgery — a collection of procedures commonly known as a “sex change.”
Gender identity struggles usually begin in early childhood but have been identified in people of all ages. A biologically born man who identifies as a woman is known as transwoman, or transsexual woman. Labels like cross-dresser, transvestite, drag queen or drag king are not interchangeable with transsexual. However, transgender is used as a general, non-medical term to describe anyone with any type of gender identity issue.
It’s estimated that one in 11,900 males are transsexual adults [source: WPATH Standards of Care]. Lynn Conway, a professor emerita at the University of Michigan, estimates that one in 2,500 United States citizens has undergone male-to-female gender reassignment surgery [source: Advocate].
http://christinabruce.tumblr.com/post/24110234443/how-gender-reassignment-works — at Chris Tina Bruce Fitness.

Your Transsexual Road Map

So you have decided to transition from one gender to another.
 What next?
 Have you decided how far you are going to go? Do you want hormones?

 Are you going to get gender reassignment surgery and if so, where can you get the proper services? You need to plan out your transsexual road map, a plan of who, what, where, when and how. A plan that will help guide you through the days to come. Have patience, persistence and proper preparation and you will glide through your transition to become the beautiful butterfly we all know you are!

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Billie Rene: my advise... KNOW YOURSELF... REALLY WELL!!!!!

I just read this interesting viewpoint..
"Being trans* is kind of like a crayon coming out of the factory with the wrong wrapper. It's a blue (or pink) crayon, and it's wrapper says pink (or blue), but it's true colors are on the inside. When someone opens the box, some will return it to the box as if it were wrong to use, some will break it in half, and some will cherish it because it's "one-of-a-kind". But it's those who choose to remove the wrong wrapper and replace it with the correct one, that truly make a difference. Be true to your colors..."

 "It isn't easy being green", Kermit the Frog, but green we are so understand yourself because if you don't nobody else will regardless of professional certifications. You are the only one who knows, hopefully, and it is your job to sort it out because others can only contribute ideas.

 If you need surgery, you will need a psychiatrist to give you a letter. Make sure you get someone who actually knows about transgender issues, because many do not. A knowledgeable, understanding person can actually help you understand yourself, but again this is mostly based on what they learned elsewhere.

 MY SUGGESTION.. read a lot about everything as many experiences are similar. On the other hand, it isn't easy distinguishing the various influences that affect one's life. Know about the various medical options and surgeries... and if you choose surgery, pick someone with an excellent reputation.

 There are many internet resources including mine...
 Very best wishes, I wish you well!!!

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