Tag: anxiety

I'm having nightmares about my son going to sleepaway camp

I'm having nightmares about my son going to sleepaway camp
Last night, I dreamt of drowning in the ocean. It didn’t start with drowning, but with cooking. Dinner, to be more precise, with an older version of my son. In my dream, we were chopping and prepping for a meal, just like we often do. He asked questions about ingredients, we laughed over silly food... Read more »

An open letter to any parent who can't imagine raising a trans kid

An open letter to any parent who can't imagine raising a trans kid
I meet you all the time. You’re a little awkward, a little unsure, but you approach me anyway. Sometimes you’re the mom clutching the hands of children, less often the dad. Maybe you’re a teacher or a nurse or a grandmother. Maybe you know a child at your kids’ school, maybe he was in the... Read more »

Getting over myself so my son can be stealth

Getting over myself so my son can be stealth
We move in the next two weeks, far away from anyone and anywhere we are now. Far away from the small town community that my son transitioned in. Everyone here knows, or knows of, our family. He’s the transgender boy. At least, I like to think that’s how they refer to him, but I’m betting... Read more »
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Making 2016 Happen for Me

Making 2016 Happen for Me
I enter every year with lots of hope and little plans. I never set resolutions, because I know I’ll fail. I never say I will or won’t do something with the dawning of a new year, because to me, it’s just another day. There’s no reason that a single day over the course of a... Read more »

A great time to be transgender

A great time to be transgender
When I posted about Jake’s one-year transition anniversary last month, someone made the comment that it was a great time for a young person to be transgender. Had they told me that a year ago, I think I would have broken down into a puddle of tears and anguish. A great time to be transgender.... Read more »

Five Reasons we homeschool that have nothing to do with my son being transgender

Five Reasons we homeschool that have nothing to do with my son being transgender
Summer is over. Winter is coming. And kids are going back to school.  But this year, my son isn’t. I made the decision, around spring of last year, that we would homeschool. I expected resistance, since we come from a family of notorious public and private school goers. I expected shock and a little surprise,... Read more »
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Meridian Medical Associates in Joliet is not a #TransHealthFail

Meridian Medical Associates in Joliet is not a #TransHealthFail
We’d never visited the Quick Care at Meridian Medical Associates in Joliet before. We’d seen other doctors in their practice, so I knew Jake was on file, but I had no idea what kinds of notes they kept, or how the staff at this particular facility would be. The lady behind the desk smiled warmly... Read more »

I'm Not a Bad Mom for Being Depressed

I'm Not a Bad Mom for Being Depressed
From under the covers, I could hear the sound of the kids running through the sprinkler outside. And behind that, a truck driving past the street in front of our house. My whole body ached from the strain of holding it in, holding it back, pushing it down. But I didn’t have to right now.... Read more »

What Seems to be the Problem? A Visit to the Doctor

What Seems to be the Problem? A Visit to the Doctor
For being nearly full, the waiting room was remarkably quiet. A cough or a sniffle, the sound of a wrapper being opened or a mother shushing her children. Jake sat across the room, slumped down in his chair while a teenager played on a phone beside him. I’d forgotten to bring a book or an... Read more »
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