Who am I?
I’m a 68 year old transsexual male with a family medical history that includes rampant diabetes and heart disease from my father’s side and Alzheimer’s from my mother’s – plus real, freaking, mental illness from both sides. The one hold out for good health was my maternal grandfather, who lived to see 93 and died from incorrectly treated H.pylori.
What else? Oh yeah. I am the biological mother of two daughters and have two step-sons by marriage. Retired now, I was a software engineer lucky enough to get into personal computer software design at the inception of the PC explosion.
When I first decided to transition at the age of 59, I knew I would be possibly trading an approximate 3 year or 13% life expectancy advantage for the opportunity to realize my lifelong dream of becoming more physically male. I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to mitigate the potential life-shortening consequences of putting male hormones into my body, by whatever lifestyle modifications were appropriate. Little did I know that medical science was not exactly the beacon of light it’s cracked up to be and that discovering exactly what those modifications should be would be the most difficult and intellectually demanding undertaking of my life.
So, I start this blog mostly for myself, to keep track of what I’ve learned. Probably no one but myself will ever see it or even care what I write. Nevertheless, I’ve made it public, both in case it might be helpful to others or that others can show me information I’ve missed or haven’t interpreted properly. I have no other agenda; I have nothing to sell.
Education and Training
In college, I studied math, chemistry and computer science while I supported myself grading freshman physics exams for the physics department at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology. For graduate school, I went to UC Berkeley in biophysical chemistry. In addition, along the way I wanted explore a little medicine and got a two-year nursing license. When I completed nursing school, my pharmacology professor confided to me that in that class and in my physiology class, I had received the highest exam and homework point total in the history of the school. This I am grateful for, in that it provided enough understanding of the jargon that I could read the medical journals with a little extra effort and help from our wiki-friends.