Category: Transition

The Necklace - The Story of a Mother's Love and Acceptance

If you were an outside observer to the little world I grew up in, you would say I had a pretty normal childhood. I was the kid that snuck around the house to find where my mom had hidden all the Christmas and birthday presents. I was the kid that snuck in and tried my... Read more »

National Coming Out Day - Live like You are Loved

We have all heard it. Love yourself. It is the mantra at the core of nearly every self help book ever published. But let’s be honest! How often do we actual do it? For many of us, those two words are not always the easiest to live out. In today’s society, there are far too... Read more »

The reality of Church PTSD

The reality of Church PTSD
Church PTSD? Are you kidding me. There is no such thing. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is something you have after being in combat or a victim of sexual assault, surviving a plane crash or maybe a tornado. How the heck can church, of all things, cause PTSD? Okay, let’s all take a breath. What’s going... Read more »

I'm celebrating two milestones that changed my life

Milestones. We all experience them. Some are small reminders of an event and some are huge monuments to changes in our lives. In the more positive moments of my life, I have learned to look for those milestones to ward off the negative issues that can envelope me. When it comes to milestones, this week... Read more »

Shane Johnson to Lora Johnson: SciFi and Christian author comes out as transgender

Shane Johnson to Lora Johnson: SciFi and Christian author comes out as transgender
By all outward appearances, Shane Johnson had found a life of which many would be jealous. On top of being a husband and father, Johnson was an author in both the SciFi and Christian genres, appeared at SciFi conventions and had been nominated and won awards in the literary world. Johnson had become a recognized... Read more »

Looking for a Happy Ending

So many of us are looking to the future for that storybook ending to our life. The present circumstances that surround us just don’t seem to add up to the happy ending we desire. It was after I had a very deep conversation with my good friend and fellow ChicagoNow blogger Lea Grover where I... Read more »

The first person I told I was transgender probably isn't who you might think

Growing up knowing you are transgender but not having the courage to say anything was, oh let’s say, like walking on eggshells in a minefield. Let’s add to that the confusion of my own sexual orientation and living in the ultra conservative Western suburbs of Chicago. Through out my life, I have only had 4... Read more »

Let the court record show my Christian parents love their transgender daughter

A parent’s love for their child is probably one of the strongest bonds we as humans can ever have with another person. If you are a parent, you know in your heart of hearts that it’s a bond that is created long before you ever met your child. It’s a bond that should be unbreakable.... Read more »

I am Cait is a reality show I can relate to

I will be honest right up front. As a voice, albeit an extremely small voice, I find myself needing to be painfully honest on this. Over the past month I have grown a bit dubious and personally divided over the huge hoopla over Caitlyn Jenner. I will applaud until the day I die the courage... Read more »

Storms, Mileposts and Legacies - Being part of the Listen To Your Mother anthology

Our lives are filled with milestones. Many of them we travel by, acknowledge for a few fleeting moments in time and move on, leaving them in the past as some old, weathered monument tucked away out of sight in a forgotten place. Others though live on in our souls and continue to change us and... Read more »
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    Meggan Sommerville is a Christian transgender woman with a heart for educating others about the transgender community and her faith in her Savior, Jesus Christ. Her career life has taken her on a variety of adventures, from being a veterinary technician in the Western burbs of Chicago to being an EMT/Paramedic, EMS instructor, and a paid on call firefighter for Bolingbrook , Illinois. Since 1998, she has been the frame shop manager for a national craft retailer. You can contact Meggan via email at or find her on Facebook at Trans Girl at the Cross

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