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Karen reflects back over growing up with her sister... and then, later in life, becoming a sister...

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Comment by Rainbow Family Tree on November 16, 2009 at 15:07
Sisterhood - by Karen Gillian

My story crystallized into a tribute to the only member of my immediate nuclear family who was prepared to accept me… my younger sister. On the basis of our shared sibling relationship she was able to accept my uninvited lifelong transgendered dilemma, and my humanity… unconditionally. I wanted to make a heartfelt, public declaration of gratitude and to try to explain how much her unconditional love,
support & encouragement meant to me.

This project did bring its challenges by forcing me to confront my grief
& loss at the total rejection from my children, partner and parents. It
also demanded revisiting childhood memories both good & bad…

Despite the challenges, I have gained a sister, estranged to me for
almost 40 years & a sisterly bond I've always yearned for that will last a lifetime. Importantly, I've also gained a level of self acceptance / self
confidence never before experienced. Finally I can say I'm at
peace, congruent & true to myself - comfortable in the skin I'm in.

"To be Loved, Accepted & Belong are the most basic cries of our heart. To be befriended in life is the blessing which enables their realisation."
Comment by Melina MIchelle Magdalena on September 6, 2009 at 15:53
Just watched "Sisterhood" and it brought tears to my eyes. Such a bittersweet, brave story.
Comment by Reg Lauren van Buuren on September 3, 2009 at 22:02
see U sat. night at Naomi & Raelenr's !!!

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