Oct. 27th, 2011

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Hello to all of you who were so unfortunate as to stumble upon this journal:

I am Diana Athena Clarion, first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.  I am a woman much like any other, a woman who lives, who loves, who worries about making ends meet, who tries to be friend and companion to her kitties and the occasional human.  I am also a woman unlike most, because when I was born, the attending physician took a quick look at me and pronounced "It's a boy."  He got it wrong.  He got it wrong because he could have had no idea that my brain would tell another story.  He had no idea that I was truly a girl.

Over the fifty-plus years between that day and today, I have been on a journey.  I have been on a journey that began with my realizing, at quite the early age, that there was something different about me.  I have been on a journey that continued in trying to work out what that difference was.  I have been on a journey that has included the pain of hiding myself, of trying to pretend that I was something that I was not.  I have been on a journey that took me to a point where I finally realized that I could not continue as I had, that I had to take steps to present myself as the woman I am were I to survive at all.  I have been on a journey that has included lost love, that has included cold loneliness and crushing isolation.  I have been on a journey of fulfillment, of finding not only the intellectual understanding of who and what I am, but the emotional understanding, the understanding of the deepest self-perception, as well.  I have been on a journey which continues, which will continue until I have taken my last breath.

I wish to share the story of that journey with you.  I hope that you may find it somewhat interesting, perhaps even useful.  The story will surely unfold in a haphazard fashion; please bear with me.  The story will include not only the exciting details of my transsexuality, but will include, also, the mundanities of daily life.  After all, just as war is long periods of boredom interrupted by short bursts of terror, life is the mundane more than it is the exciting.

I welcome you to this path.  Please walk with me, and perhaps each of us can learn from the other.

May 2013

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