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Below are the 17 most recent journal entries recorded in The 40+ Club's LiveJournal:

Sunday, October 19th, 2008
6:04 pm
Looking for some help, please.
I'm having a very difficult time lately living my life as a Pre-Op MtF. I want surgery so badly.... yet I lack the funding for it. Does anyone know of any places that grant money for such surgeries, or offer loans or such? Or any philantopist organizations I could possibly contact about funds for GRS surgery? Any help is greatly appreciated.
Wednesday, December 12th, 2007
11:30 am
Transgendered Veterans
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Current Mood: Informative
Friday, July 6th, 2007
4:23 pm
My friend is doing positive research on trans issues.
I am cross-posting this where appropriate.

Call for Research Participants!
Are you in a committed, monogamous relationship?  Are you or is your partner transgender?
I am looking for individuals who are interested in completing a 20-30 minute on-line survey and joining me for a 1-2 hour on-line focus group on the social, psychological and economic challenges related to your or your partner’s gender transition.  If you and/or your partner would like to participate in this research sponsored by Western Michigan University and share your experiences of being in a relationship, please visit the appropriate link below to complete the survey
and find out more about joining our focus group.
Transgender Individuals:
Significant Others:
The focus group will be conducted
on July 30th at 7:00 p.m.
**You do not need to be a member of Transgender Michigan to participate.
Please feel free to email me (Emily Lenning) at lizbethemily@aol.com or call 269-324-1114
 if you have any questions or need additional information. 

Emily Lenning
Department of Sociology
Western Michigan University
1201 Oliver St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

My friend Emily is in a relationship with an incredible intersex person. She truly cares about the trans community and wants to do possitive reaserch. If you qualify please participate...this is for her doctorate degree.
Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
12:41 am
Taking the Jump
I did it.
I told my mother I'm trans.
In one weird conversation:
Me: Mom, remember how I mentioned that I was taking different meds and how much better I felt when I was visiting you in the summer?
Me: and you know I've been taking estrogen which has been helping even more?
Me: Well, there's more.
Mom: You want a sex change operation?
Me: Uh yeah.

She brought it up.
I simply agreed.
True there is much more to it then that.
She acknowledged the picture I sent her for the first time.
Mom:You looked better before.
Me:It's not about how I look. It's about what makes me happy.

Current Mood: relieved
Monday, April 16th, 2007
8:42 pm
Quick Intro
Hi, I'm Robin. I've been lurking around here since the community started, and I'm finally getting around to actually interacting with people! I'm in my (ahem) middle 40s, and I've been on HRT for almost a year now.

I especially wanted to let everyone here know I've posted a "before and after" set to [Unknown LJ tag] (unless I screwed it up horrifically). Even though I've still got a long ways to go, I'm pleased with my progress so far. Like shelleybear, I wanted to confirm that even girls of our age can respond well to hormones.

Anyway, that's enough about me here. Please feel free to check out my journal if there's anything else you'd like to see about me (or you can ask me here - or whatever!).

Take care!

Current Mood: good
Friday, April 6th, 2007
1:06 am
It's 1:12 A.M. daylight savings time.
I'm 52 years old and I have sore boobs.
I have had this growth spurt for several months.
No, it doesn't stop.
Yes, I have cleavage.
Yes, my ass is bigger and softer as are my thighs and hips.
My face?
See picture.
You've probably heard lots about older girls like us should not expect that much in the way of results.
It doesn't work that way.
Like any transperson (Mtf or FtM) YMMV.

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, February 4th, 2007
10:22 am
News... it caught my notice
"4 Copter Losses in Iraq Due to Ground Fire."

This struck a definite chord. A 'million' years ago back in '79, I decided that I needed to do something with my life and focused upon joining the Armed Services.

I already has a pilot's license and loved aviation, but I decided that I wanted to fly helicopters. The best to go for turbine helicopter training and experience was the Army.

So I went to an Armed Forces recruiting center and went to the Army recruiter, telling him that I wanted to go into Warrant Officer helicopter training. He subtly kept evading this interest repeatedly, apparently trying to vector me into another area.

After a while, I had enough of it, thanked him for his time, walked across the hall and joined the Air Force.

But IF I had gotten what I asked for so many years ago, I would likely be in Iraq right now--or dead.

The headline--struck a chord.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Saturday, February 3rd, 2007
7:31 pm
50 Year Old Gal, Here
In May of 2005, I made a dispassionate, coldly rational decision to die.

I had tried EVERYTHING in a vain and futile attempt to remediate and eradicate a savage unknown foe of the mind, which had tortured me incessantly for over 40 years.

I just...didn't have a clue; I could not identify the savage, unrelenting beast which resided in my mind, driving me mercilessly to do things which...I did not understand.

I did not feel insane nor psychotic, nor did I consider myself 'homosexual' (in reference to the phenotypical), yet I was driven to do...certain 'things' which superficially could be perceived as 'homosexual'.

But in reality, it was not. There was another explanation for this, but I had no idea what it was.

But on the day in May of 2005, I decided quite rationally that there was no logic in continuing to exist, in the context of a persistent agony which I now knew would never leave me.

Somehow intuitively, I knew that my pain would only gradually worsen as I aged; later on, I learned that GID does INDEED, worsen with age.

Yet another cogent reason to end it all.

And then, on that very same day I found an article on the Internet relative to transsexuality--and I was shocked. It read like a biography; EVERYTHING was finally explained...

I understood why my life had gone the way that it did...and then I knew what I had to do.

And I write these words from the perspective of a woman who is well on her journey towards the true...and it has not been easy.

It has nearly been fatal, on a number of occasions...

It has been a journey of true renaissance, a journey of the MIND,

A re-vitiation of the total being.

I have been told by a number of sisters and one therapist that, for me to have survived as long as I have, at THIS level of GID, is nothing short of miraculous.

Indeed. And I am still here.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
11:13 am
Glaringly Obvious
So I woke up this morning and did my stretch and noticed several things:
1)Another burst of boob growth.
2)The hair on my arms and legs was taking a year and a day to grow back.
3)Some fat redistribution.
4)While not related to actively working on being MtF I notice that the shape of my arms and legs has always been more female then male.
5)More gentle changes to my face.

Stopping to consider that I have been told that transitioning later in life limits the speed and number of changes, I am more then a little shocked.

Love, Shelley

Current Mood: surprised
Saturday, January 13th, 2007
4:52 pm
New LJ Community for Parents
In light of the last couple of days and the amount of discource there has been on parenting as a transperson...i felt compelled to create a new community for transfolk who are parents or are thinking of becoming parents transparent_cy  I think any of us who are prents in the community can help others with our experiences and develop and ad-hoc guide to parenting from the perspective of transfolk.

As a Transsexual Woman in modern America and from my involvement in the Transgender community I have noticed tht there are countless folk like myself that are parents. I understand that there are many within the trans community that wish to become parents at some after or even durring transition.

Parenting is difficult and when you mix it with being trangender/transexual it becomes even more difficult with very unique concerns.

Just as there are no manauals for raising a child, there are no manuals for how to be a parent. Transparents face unique struggles and legal issues. Lets stand together and give each other support when fighting for our rights as parents and helping our children to grow up as healthy, well adjusted, humans.

Feel free to post questions, comments, advice, pleas for help, links to legal resources, links to legislation that is pertinant to our parenting, articles that offer tips, socialization epifanies...anything that might help all of us become better parents and raise a genration of fair open minded kids.

Feel free to join...I hope that you will and I hope that you will also promote it on your journal and apropriate other communities.

Thank you

Tuesday, January 9th, 2007
9:40 pm
Power...I need more
This fuckin blows!!!!! While working on my laptop this afternoon it appears that the ac adapter took a shit and it may cost $100 to replace it. If anyone has an old IBM T22 thinkpad pwer cord that they no longer need PLZ send me a message...i don't have a hundred dollars to replace it. and if i'm gonna spend a $100 for a fuckin cord i might as well wait till i can put out the $600 for a new laptop. damn i hate technology!

Current Mood: pissed off
Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
12:26 am
I Wish I Wasn't So Self-Conscious About My Hair
Because, even though I've got severe "top" issues, I have the most WONDERFUL curls all over the rest of my head.

Current Mood: discontent
Sunday, December 17th, 2006
10:25 am
An Intro

I'm Maura Gallagher, 28 years old (plus or minus 20 years) and live in Philadelphia, PA. I started hormones in February of this year and to date haven't really experienced much in the way of physical change all that much. I'm fighting a weight war - I put on a lot when I had an accident - I just wish I could have another accident to take it off just as quickly. At this age the changes come much more slowly and the results are usually not as dramatic as those younger one's. Breast development is only at a large A after all this time.


Estradiol Valerate 40mg/ml IM - .5cc weekly
Real Progesterone 50mg/ml IM - .25cc every 3 days
Spironolactone 50mg tablets - (1) twice daily

Thanks for adding me and welcome to all who come later.

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, December 15th, 2006
1:47 am
I Believe I May Not Be A Total Train Wreck
In which your humble moderator finally gets up the nerve to actually post a crappy web cam shot of herself.

Current Mood: awake
Thursday, December 7th, 2006
6:33 am
*pokes her nose in*
My name is Caroline, and while I've been transitioning for many years, now that I'm 40, I have decided I need to quit playing around and just do it. I'm off my hormones right now due to financial reasons, but still live full time as a female without much difficulty. I've done various forms of therapy, speech and psychological.

Brightest Blessings,
Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
9:45 pm
My Name is Shelley and I'm a MtF Transsexual
I'm 51 and have been on Spireolactone for five months and estrogen patches for almost two months. Sore and slightly reshaped nipples and some gentle boob swelling as well as softer skin and changing facial figures.
I came out a little over a year ago and have been pretty much self-medicating.
I am divorced with no kids, so even though I'm lonely, I lack many of the encumbrances that would normally cause conflicts.

Care to tell us something about yourself?

Current Mood: curious
12:10 pm
Welcome to All.
This lj is primarily a place for those of us going through transition at a later time in life (I have chosen 40+ as the starting point). No, if you are younger then that I will not ban or kick, but if the subjects stray too far off the course I MAY nudge them back. Everyone is welcome to apply and it is unlikely I will turn anyone down, but keep in mind the purpose of this group.
Anyway, off the moderators soapbox and "Welcome to all!".


Current Mood: cheerful
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