So, this update and the previous ones almost didn't exist. The original plan was to just jump right into school from the first page of this chapter. I felt like the fear and hesitation Rain is feeling were important to show though (because I can't speak for everybody, but at least my pre-transition life was filled with this fear and hesitation), so these last couple updates were added. Fortunately, despite taking hits hard, Rain is very resilient and tends to bounce back quickly. It's possible she'll be having a lot of ups and downs today, but that's probably to be expected.
The other important thing regarding this update in particular, is the date of Rain's upcoming appointment with an endocrinologist (ie, the person who can give her hormones). As the last page said, it's February 25th in the story right now. She could be on hormones in two weeks (in story time)! Even that doesn't mean there'll be changes right away (it takes a while before you really notice its effects), but it's still a crazy exciting thing to know that's coming, and it can be a HUGE confidence booster. ^_^
Finally: Fara's words. Yes, it's some more motivational stuff, but it's important. It's so easy to suffer some kind of failure (big or small), and think that everything is hopeless. It's so easy to give up. It's so easy to just go with the flow and do nothing to upset status quo. Believe me; I know! But if you always do nothing, you'll never get what you want. If you try, you can fail... but you can try again. If you never try, you can never succeed. So don't let defeats/failures/setbacks get to you. Cry it out or vent if you need to, and "then you get back up and move forward like I know you can."
Preachy week. But I hope it's not too obnoxious and that people are getting something out of this. :)
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I love this page!
Though, I gotta say that it reminds me of that song "Move along, move along Like I know you do"
I like this page :)
And yeah, I wasn't expecting to be okayed for hormones at the GIC appointment where I got that okay, but getting it - which meant I could get hormones in the time it takes to make a local primary care doctor's appointment - worked WONDERS for my optimism <3
@Allie: Congratulations! :) Good luck on the rest of your transition (if you have any left, of course)
@Anonymous11243: Thanks :)
The waiting period before my first endo appointment was horrendous. I totally understand Fara's actions here. SO much anxiety and mostly just a lot of frustration.
Also, if anyone gives you lip at school, Aunt Fara is going to stuff a jar of angry bees down their pants.
@Microrapter: A jar of angry bees? I was thinking more like an octupus ;)
If you got that reference ur awesome
@Microrapter: Wouldn't that kind of thing be counter-productive in a continuing-employment sort of way?
@Fairportfan: Fara would probably consider it worth it.
@Microrapter: Considering that someone has to pay for Rain's transition expenses, it might be worth it, but not something they can afford for her to do.
@Fairportfan: You're a real buzz-kill. ;-p
@Microrapter: Yeah. It's a gift.
@Guest: So you didn't see what I did there?
@Microrapter: You're so punny it stings!
See, Puddle's right behind you, cheering you on!
@Guest: Yay Puddle, cheer that girl on!