Gemma, hi and thanks so much for your thoughtful and candid reply. Like the message from Sherri, I identify, so much. Like I wrote to Sherri, part of my difficulty is that I think I look better as a man with my beard. Another major difficulty for me is I feel like I’m losing the image of this guy – who I’ve tried so hard to be, in an effort to shore up my insecurity of wanting to dress and of my fear of perhaps wanting to be a woman. I feel vulnerable without my beard out in the “real world”.
In addition to this reason and there are many, I have a longtime male friend who knows I CD who isn’t very accepting and who judges me in terms it’s not manly to CD. So that’s another factor in the battle to keep my beard.
I too have a goal of losing some weight, which I’ve been successful with. I really like your strategy, which I’m going to adopt, as well, in an effort to quell my anxiety and insecurity,
I know this has gotten longwinded, however I wanted to share more of my story, in appreciation to you,
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for sharing!
Kisses and hugs!