The Way We Weren't

The Grace Letter

1995

 

Becky's Home Page

 

"The Real Life Test" -
A True Autobiography

 

A List of Therapists Who Treat
Transgendered Persons

 

State - By - State Instructions
For Changing Name And Sex
On Birth Certificate

 

Topics Related to
Transsexualism

 

Lefty: A Short Story

 

Parallel Lines: A Tribute 

 

 Christmas Messages

1998: Christmas Remembered
1999: What's In A Date?
2000: Peace On Earth
2001: Dark Days
2002: The Little Things
2003: Shop Till You Drop
2004: Survivor
2005: What Are You Waiting For?
2006: Peace In Our Heart
2007: The Greatest Of These

 

Real Life:
Five Years Later
 

 

The Grace Letters
1992-2007

1992
Answered Prayers
One Day At A Time

1993
Self Discovery
Strength Through Weakness

1994
Sacrifice
Rest

1995
Play It As It Lays
The Way We Weren't

1996
Disclosure
Share It Or Bear It

1997
Choices
I'm Not One Of Them

1998
What Have We To Fear?
God Don't Make No Junk

1999
Work It Out!
What's In A Date?

2000
Cheeks
Life In The Leper Colony

2001
Suicide
I Love You IF...

2002
Homeland Security
Images

2003
One Thing I Know
Letting Go

2004
The Least Of These
Children

2005
Will...or Grace?
The Word

2006
What Plank?
Risk

2007
Believing The Lie
The Greatest Of These

 

Facial Plastic Surgeons

 

SRS Surgeons

 

"Feminization of the Transsexual"
Douglas K. Ousterhout,
M.D., D. D. S.

 

 

Looking back from the viewpoint of today, the events of the past two years often seem a blur. Never would I want to experience again those final months of living in that other role, which seems so strange to me now.

Why then, after successful transition and surgery, after establishing a wonderful new life and career in a city unburdened by my past... why do I stare into the mirror some mornings and think, If I could go back, what would it be like?

If I could go back. What a curious idea. I couldn't go back, if I did want to do so. The pain of separation from friends and family remains in their memories also. Life has changed for all of us.

A few persons who make a complete gender transition are fortunate enough to retain the support of their loved ones. My experience tells me, however, that most are like myself. We spent years constructing elaborate past lives, often making more entanglements in a vain attempt to prevent our own future happiness!

Some entanglements, such as occupations which are stereotypical of our birth gender, can be dissolved with only economic consequences. Alas, we go much farther. In our efforts to be "normal", we reason that marriage and a family will resolve these conflicting feelings.

We do love these persons whom we involve in our lives. So, when finally the imperative to transition overwhelms our will to remain in our past lives, we may be burdened with guilt over the effects of our actions.

This was the situation I faced. Surely I could have denied my own needs and remained in my old relationship. At least no one else would have been hurt. I imagine a blissful family, parents and children together, joining with our extended family for special occasions. Now I have marred that perfect picture. What a dreadful, selfish person I must be!

What's wrong with this picture?

First, it depicts a situation that didn't exist. Each passing year - each passing month - put further strain on my relationships. The futility of trying to succeed in my birth gender was becoming obvious. Even before my disclosure, the effects of secrecy and denial were being felt. We trapped ourselves inside our private walls of isolation by the refusal by both parties to discuss vital, serious topics.

Second, it disregards the future and overestimates our will power. How foolish we are to continue in a toxic relationship. If we know without doubt that transsexualism is our life's reality, it is best to be open and honest with ourself, the Lord, and others. Even if this means the severing of a relationship, the pain is still less for everyone than the chronic misery of living in the wrong role.

We imagine a past much more pleasant than it truly was. The song, The Way We Were, from the movie of the same name, captures this sentiment:

Memories
May be beautiful, and yet
What's too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget;
For it's the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember
The way we were.

How, then, should we deal with the past and its hurts?

First: Be honest, even if it hurts. As a young adult, I thought I was acting in good faith by entering into a marriage and beginning a family. Indeed, God took my actions and brought about some very positive results. But I was wrong to deny the conflict I already knew existed. It is not "wrong" to be transsexual; it is a birth condition over which I had no control. It is wrong to act without seeking God's guidance. This I did; and for this I have prayed for forgiveness.

Second: Commit your past mistakes to the Lord. Jesus paid the price for my sins, past, present, and future. I can go to Him with my guilt and leave it at the cross. If He forgives me, surely I can forgive myself. He will show me how to make amends to those hurt by my actions. How wonderful to be free from the guilt of the past, to know the cleansing of forgiveness!

Third: Learn your lessons well. If one relationship has ended, don't be quick to jump into another which will entangle you again. Learn to be secure without reinforcement from others; don't fear loneliness; and trust Christ to be your best friend, who knows your deepest secrets and loves you still. Take positive action in the future and don't be afraid of the criticism of others. Those who don't understand will try to tell you how sinful you are. The only voice you should hear convicting you of sin is the Holy Spirit. If God is for us, who can be against us?

Finally: Get on with your life, and don't torment yourself. The best way to let others see that you are free of past regrets is to live a life of fulfillment and joy. Truly, my life's dreams are coming true. I praise God for allowing me to have the life I always wanted. I will not spoil this life He has granted me by longing for the painful past.

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3: 13-14


becky@drbecky.com