Much in the same way that my therapy experience influenced Rain's first session, Rain's "letter" session plays out a bit like mine as well. Particularly the suddenness of the very first panel. "Oh by the way, hormones!" XD
Mind you, this doesn't mean Rain's going to be taking them on the next page or anything, but it seems like it's become an inevitability for her. One way or another, it's coming. And that's a great feeling! ^_^
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It feels so weird to be this happy for a fictional character, but I am totally happy for Rain.
Rains face in the last panel reminds me of how happy i was when i finally got on hormones.
@LittleLynn84: So much like Rain and yours, mine played out like that. Though I didn't have any family backing me. I've been through this on my own for a while. and I gotta say. that one session "oh by the way, go see this doctor for your hormones" I didn't get the information Rain did mind you but it was still a good feeling.
A year and a half later I'm still on the crazy train to womanhood. and I love it.
I hope your journey is just as good if not better than mine or Rain's Jocelyn.
and I have shared a few pages on my FB and here and there to friends. they do enjoy your work. just so you know.
I am so glad for Rain... It is going to be a while for me to get hormones.... When I do start them, I hope to be as happy as Rain.
If only hormones were that effective if you start at an older age than your teens.
They're still plenty effective. I was 28 when I started, and the effects have been great. And I know people who've started in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s. Hormones ALWAYS work. There's no cut-off date. Maybe slightly less, but it's negligible.
If you're holding out because of fear that it won't do enough, then I assure you, you might be pleasantly surprised.
It's important not to oversell the effect of hormones on body shape. Bone size and shape can't be changed after puberty by existing medical technology, that means for example that a trans woman can't get shorter or get narrower shoulders or a wider pelvis. I'm not sure if trans men can get taller on HRT but I know their pelvises won't shrink either. The effect of HRT on figure via fat distribution can be significant, but it should still be remembered that fat distribution isn't the only contributing factor to figure that's sexually dimorphic, so people don't get their hopes up and get disappointed later
With that out of the way... Yay ^_^ and I started hormones recently too :)
I was pleasantly surprised by my last GIC visit too. I went in expecting to have to argue and potentially drop the bomb that I was gonna self med if they didn't give me a prescription so they could either prescribe and monitor or choose to have me "endanger myself", but I think the first thing the psychiatrist said was that she was gonna recommend I be put on oestradiol :) anti-androgens are a bit more of a struggle though unfortunately. She didn't also recommend them then cos I was waiting for gamete storage, but she forgot to mention in her letter to my GP that she was recommending AAs to start after that, so now I'm on prescription oestradiol but self medding spiro and I've told my GP he just has to accept that and do my monitoring... but I do have to convince him to prescribe before September when my current supply runs out, cos I don't know where I'm gonna get more from and my next GIC appointment isn't till December :/
I have been on hrt for 3 years now, started at 26. So far not much has changed. I don't fill an a-cup, virtually no hair regrowth, no changes in bodyshape or fat distribution.
The only thing hrt really had an effect on was my body hair which vanished and my facial hair which turned blond.
I kinda feel I have missed the bus on transition.
@Miranda: I started at 31 myself. The first year was rough before my doctor and I discovered that my skin was too thick for the transdermal patches, and that I needed the antiandrogens as well (my initial hormone levels were "low" for a male so my doc thought we could get away with just estrogen). Go back to your doctor and get your dosages adjusted. I did around this time last year, and things have DEFINITELY kicked into high gear this year (I'm 34 now).
I can feel how happy Rain is here xD Probably because I'm kind of going through similar feelings after recently purchasing my first bra + silicone cups with the help of a genderqueer (faab) friend.
Looking forward to seeing how this pans out, and I'm finding this comic to be very motivational :) Thank you so much for this webcomic! :D
Although I'm an older MtF, just beginning to transition (59), going onto estradiol was like a dream come true for me. I've never smiled so much in my life. I am getting very quick results for my age. Like Jocelyn said, "Hormones ALWAYS work!!". More than the physical, however, is that I feel like 'myself' for the first time.
Thank you for Rain. It's been inspirational for me as well.
I am a straight, cisgendered male, (Yet I have avoided exile in this place!) so I am less able to empathize with Rain directly, but when I see this panel- no, this character- I think of the Rain in my life. She's not started hormones yet, (as far as I know) heck, she's not even gone out in public as a girl at all, but it makes me want to be there when she gets this talk so I can be the first to be happy for her.
@Miranda: sounds like you might need to up your dose. I'd have a word with your endo
I can just feel Rain's excitement >_< Best V-day ever for her.
And yeah, don't expect any curves. Bone structure just doesn't change, and that fat redistribution thing is only marginal.