The Great Hormonal Adventure: Year 1

This past weekend, I hit a major milestone in my transition.  November 1st marked one year since I had started HRT.  I celebrated by going out and buying way more clothes than I needed.

In the last year, so much has changed.  Physically, I’m getting gendered correctly almost all the time.  It’s an amazing feeling to know that people see me as I see myself.  I still don’t always pass as well as I wish I could, but it’s definitely easier to see it now.

My figure continues to round out, the typical masculine sharp edges are turning into soft feminine curves.  Body hair continues to lighten and thin.  Acne is now almost nonexistent.  My feet are about a full shoe size smaller.  My skin is way softer, and my complexion is more healthy.  Breasts are still growing just a little bit.

My body scent has changed drastically.  I went from a musty masculine smell to a lighter, distinctly feminine smell.  Sometimes I still catch myself thinking that the smell is someone else even when I’m alone.

Mentally, I’m still struggling a bit, but I’m at a so much better place than I was a year ago.  I’m actually starting to get some self-confidence, I’m sleeping a little better, and suicidal thoughts are almost nonexistent barring major stress events.  I am so much happier now than I was before; I can actually see some light in my days when they’re going good.  The hormones are definitely helping with this a lot.

Socially, my transition is all but complete.  My friends and coworkers have all pretty much accepted this new me.  I’ve never once received a negative word from any of them.  Between work, my fraternity, and my guild, I have one of the best support groups a girl like me could wish for.

My family is still not completely on board, but some of them have made huge strides in the transition, and they’re helping a lot to get the others to accept it.  They’re not by any means adjusted and accepting, but they’re working on it, which is at least a start.

I guess I should finish this off with a progress pic.  For reference, here’s a picture of me that Facebook brought up from five years ago.  This was before I had even realized I was transgender, about halfway through college.

Here’s a pic of my first day out at work, about six months ago.  You can already see some major changes.

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And here’s a picture from today, the first day I’ve ever worn a dress in public.

It’s been an amazing, strange, and wonderful trip so far, and I hope it only gets better from here.