For those close enough (or willing to travel) Dr. Hawkins with Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is GREAT! R and I saw her yesterday and immediately R was at ease in talking to her. She obviously feels strongly that R isn’t just experimenting and this isn’t “just a phase”. Dr. Hawkins is referring us to an Endocrinologist and asking the PCP to order a few tests to determine where R is with puberty so we better know when blockers should be started.
Between speaking to me and speaking to R she feels there is consistent and persistent feelings. She will (obviously) meet with us more but as R has been expressing this since such a young age she feels this is the right direction for R ‘ s needs.
She will also refer us to a therapist closer to home (she refers out to 3 in our home state) to help guide R through social transitioning at school and with family.
Dr. Linda Hawkins
3550 Market St
Barbara is the one who gets all the information for your child to get them into the system and get insurance approval:
I am also seriously considering (in a few years) going back to school to become an advocate for the LGBTQ/IA kids. Not all parents give the unconditional love. While counseling the kids is admirable, your hands are tied in actually DOING for them. As an advocate I could do so much more!
… T is just FABULOUS. I am so lucky that this brave and self-aware human being chose me as their mom. I am inspired a little more every day by this kiddo.
All day we were all over the place in social settings and T never seemed to cower. Even better, T didn’t get 1 odd look 🙂
Even used the girls bathroom in every place we went. So very proud ❤
T is out in public with their nails painted and “girl” clothes on.
This AM when my middle daughter asked “he or she” T said (loudly and proudly) “SHE”.
AFTER my son’s dr appointment we are going to visit a friend. T knows pictures could be taken and still chose to be theirself 🙂
T wears funky socks and pretty panties every day. They won’t wear any of the more feminine clothes to school out of fear. I wish the world was different for my child (and all children).
I wish T could be free to be themself eberywhere.
Though my child (T) was never in the perverbial “closet” it wasn’t until 2 months ago that their intentions were made clear … well clearish!
T has never been the conforming type. At the age of two we learned they wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom and what sized breasts they wanted. Over the years T enjoyed make up and baby dolls and painted nails.
However; it was only about 6 weeks ago that T attempted to take one of my new bras. It didn’t occur to me to say anything but “no, that’s too big for you. If you want bras we’ll get you your own.” The words escaped my mouth without seeming to have even filtered through my brain. It was as if I had trained for this day all of T’s life.
Since then we have (in fact), purchased a week’s worth of bras and panties, gotten rid of underwear, bought a few new outfits, gotten some jewelry and told T’s best friend.
We have told quite a few people (mostly family and friends in the LGBTQ community).
I am still lost as to where T is on this beautiful rainbow, but I am tired of trying to make them fit neatly I to some sort of box.