I’ve been trying to formulate this article for awhile now.  It’s not easy when you have a blank screen in front of you.  What do I want to say; do I want to pass on some wisdom from what I have learned—I don’t know.  What you take from my story is up to you; this is how I found Erin.

I was always a sensitive child, more so than my brother and my peers.  Growing up, it always felt like a weakness.  It made me prone to bullying. Living in a small village in the hills of Somerset before the internet, my existence was a lonely one. I only had one or two friends here and there.

Around the age of eleven, I started getting the urge to try on women’s clothing when my mum was out long enough for me to have a chance to do so. I’d try on the odd item out of her wardrobe.  But very quickly, I felt the shame that I’m sure most of us have felt. I’d let it pass, and I started to work out in my mind that I was something other than straight.

Then the dark times came.  My world fell apart; all I knew to be safe disappeared as I was lost in myself, traveling the southwest and looking for meaning. All the time, I was suppressing my feminine side, my sensitive side with drugs and alcohol.

En Femme Style

When I turned 24, I met Maxie (Not her real name) and we slowly fell in love. It changed my life for the better.  Together, we helped me come to terms with the notion that I’m bisexual. Maxie gave me the freedom to explore this new-found revelation and the strength to confront and overcome my past.

Two years ago, I had the Scare of my life.  Nothing that I had been through would prepare me for it.  I was lying in bed after just moving into our house.  Half-awake, I coughed and my lung collapsed.  This was the first time that meeting Death was a distinct possibility. I survived the surgery to reinflate my lung.

During the extensive time it took me to heal, it gave me time to think about who I am and my relationship with my feminine side. Why I have the urge to crossdress and the fact that no matter how hard I try, I can’t keep her at bay. I gave it some thought, trying to get it straight, figure out what it was all about; I still am. Last summer, I bit the bullet and told Maxie about this side of me. She was surprisingly supportive. And from that sharing, Erin began to become more than an urge to be suppressed. She is a part of me. In our unity, we are stronger as a whole.

Thank you for reading my mad ramblings; I don’t know if there is any meaning to my story or if there is something for you to find comfort with. If anything, I guess I’m saying as a dear friend once said,” You be you!  To damn what the world thinks as long as you’re happy.”

Love and light,




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    Iv felt a feminine in my personality for as long as I can remember but shut it out. Now I'm on a voyage to understand what it means better.

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    Bettylou Cox
    Bettylou Cox
    5 years ago

    Erin, Confronting the truth of our mortality is something we must all face, sooner or later; and you found (as I did, also) that it changes your outlook and gives you the courage to do things you would never have dared do previously. And now that that issue is “out of the way", you should find yourself living life to the fullest, and worry-free about that topic. At least, I certainly hope so. The “good" news is that spontaneous pneumothorax is rarely fatal unless left untreated, and many cases heal themselves. Painful, though. In the end, you benefited from the… Read more »

    Paula Malmborg
    Active Member
    5 years ago

    Hi Erin and thank you for sharing

    Gerella Enigma
    Gerella Enigma
    5 years ago

    Your story evidences a remarkable degree of courage that should be readily apparent to any girl who reads it. You are obviously well on your way to finding the truth that we all seek.

    Active Member
    5 years ago

    Your story is far more than mad ramblings. It is a revelation on becoming who you were created be. So happy for you that your SO is supportive. I only dream of being able to openly discuss things about Emily with my wife without fear of rejection. We have reached a firm “don’t ask, don’t tell” position. Perhaps some day things will change, but for now, I keep the peace as best I can.
    Enjoy the journey of discovery!

    skippy1965 Cynthia
    Trusted Member
    5 years ago

    Erin, I think you had some common experiences as many of us. I never had many close fiends growing up-paralyzing shyness plus hiding the Cyn within me made me extremely reticent about opening up and becoming vulnerable. I wrote about that a while back that it was much like the Simon and Garfunkel song " I am a rock". The lyrics that jump out were “Hiding in my room,safe within my womb, I touch no one and no one touches me" and the final line “And a rock feels no pain..and an island never cries". but those words which so… Read more »

    Chrissy Simpson
    2 years ago

    Erin, thank you for sharing your story, it is an awakening to all of us when we are confronted with what you experienced. Recently I lost my younger brother and I now look at life and my self differently. These are not mad ramblings of you but you letting others know what things in your life have shaped you into the person you are. Bravo! Keep the focus on you, and you will be fine. I wish you well and look forward to your success.


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