It’s been almost a year since my last episode. What a year! I’m sure it’s felt like several years (or decades?) to many of you, too. I hope you are healthy and thriving, finding your way through these challenging times. I hope you are safe and surrounded by love, and I thank you for hanging in there with us, for all these years, through all our ups and downs. I also thank you for your patience with my long silences between episodes.
The lispy little three-year-old you once heard telling her mother that she is NOT a boy – and explaining the vital differences between fairies and princesses (if you’ve forgotten this critical distinction, see Episode One) – is now 13 years old and just started 8th grade. Where did the time go?
We have arrived at the end of one era of our lives (her childhood) and the start of the exciting new phase that is just beginning: Her adolescence and budding womanhood. I’m so grateful to you all for being part of this adventure so far, and I promise to keep you updated on the next chapter, if and when I can (which means when my daughter says it’s OK).
For now, she has authorized me to share what’s happening with puberty and the first steps of her gender-affirming medical care. She is joined in this episode by one of my heroes – Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy. I think they make a pretty amazing team. I hope you agree:
With love and gratitude,