Archive for December 2012

Twenty bits of trivia (about me) that you can't live without

1)   My first pet was a tortoise

2)   In my lifetime I have had over 25 exotic reptiles and amphibians

3)   I have rescued and rehabilitated two turtles and returned them to the wild.
“Trivia – matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential.”  Really?  I always found trivia quite fascinating.  Something about knowing how many miles of cable make up the Gold Gate Bridge is cool. What good is it going to be to you to know that over 80,000 miles of cable were used, probably... Read more »

Twas the Morning of Christmas

Twas the morning of Christmas and all through the house A ruckus was a brewing that would scare a mouse. The stockings scattered there and who knows where The time for presents, soon to be here. The children yelling and screaming, nearly losing control. With smiles on their faces, hoping not for coal. Momma in... Read more »

Praying for the first responders to Sandy Hook Elementary

Praying for the first responders to Sandy Hook Elementary
Five years as an active EMT/Paramedic.   Two years as a paid on call fire fighter for Bolingbrook Fire Department.   All that training never prepares you for something like what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. I was blissfully unaware of the events until I turned on the radio for my drive home from... Read more »

Transgender woman: A lifelong pictorial

Dec 23rd, 1969. What would a personal photo pictorial be without starting at the very beginning? I'm not even a few hours old and I have a camera in my face.  So when you look at this picture, what do you see? Boy? or Girl? or does it really matter?
For many transgender individuals, their past is something they want to forget.  We call it going stealth.  Once we transition;  we move, change jobs and not let others know who we were before the transition. For the last couple years, it has been very difficult for me to let others see my past.  Going stealth... Read more »

The personal high cost of Transgender transiton

On top of the emotional toll of unsupportive family members and friends, the financial cost for transgender individuals to transition can be extremely high. Only recently have companies and governmental agencies started to see the need to include transition related medical expenses in their insurance coverage. Currently there is no explicit federal legal requirement for... Read more »

Fibromyalgia and fighting for my life back

Finally. I have a diagnosis – Fibromyalgia.  After months of pain and fatigue to the point of disability, I can now start working towards getting things right. I no longer feel like an episode of House. Wednesday night, after receiving the diagnosis, I spent hours reading about what I was now facing.  I knew a... 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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