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Support Groups

on March 25, 2010

Transition can be difficult for those who are facing it alone.  In today’s connected world there is no reason to go it alone.  No matter what your challenge, there is some kind of support available online or in your town.  For those of you who live in Chicken, Alaska with a population of 10, I will suggest Holy Spirit.  Holy Spirit works for anyone anywhere.  For the rest of us, find a focused support group! 

For those lucky enough to live in a big city the resources are likely abundant.  Search the internet and find a support group near you to participate in.  Yes, participation is the key.  The groups I have attended have been professional and confidential.  One way to check them out before hand is to call the organizers and talk to them over the phone.  You can maintain your anonymity and get a feel for what to expect.  Taking a family member with you or finding someone to go with is another way to ease the awkwardness of the first visit.   Remember that everyone there had a first time to visit and if they can do it so can you. 

Chat forums have become a sort of a support group although with some of the language I have heard, they are sometimes more adverse than going to a physical location with people you know will be on their best behavior.  Still the discussion boards and blogs like this one can be a good source of support.  I am happy to chat with anyone, just comment here and we can chat sometime.

I cannot stress how wonderful it is to be in a group of your peers and be able to discuss things which have been bothering you but there was no one who understood.  I have grown tremendously since finding the support groups here.  With a little detective work support groups can be found in most places.  Try calling a professional in the phone book who specializes in your situation and asking if they know of any support groups.  Network with businesses who sell whatever is associated with your challenge.  For instance, stores that cater to crossdressers will know of the local support groups.  Mental health facilities know about the local drug and alcohol support groups as well as treatment centers.  Just start looking and you will find.  Once you find, be brave and go down there and participate, you will be glad you did.   😉 Sequoia Elisabeth

Unity in Gender Diversity

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