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Joanna’s Story About Dealing with Bipolar Disorder and Gender Dysphoria, Age: 26

What have you struggled with? When did it become too much?

I have struggled with bipolar disorder and Gender Dysphoria

What kind of support did you get at first? Did it work?

At first I got little support from family for Bipolar disorder and no support for transitioning from male to female.

Were there any turning points where things really started to change for the better?

One huge turning point is finding InterCommunity. They got me out of that oppressive place and into my own apartment. I met friends there. I found acceptance there. I realized I was Joanna and that I needed to act on that realization.

What’s your life like now? What have you been able to accomplish, and what are you working towards?

I live alone in my apartment. I wish to really embrace my femininity more and be more confident

What would you say to people who are having a tough time? What’s helped you that you wish you had known earlier

What I would say to people having a tough time is tough times don’t last but tough people do and you are one tough character, cuz it takes toughness to ask for help, it takes toughness to cry, But don’t cry and give up. Remember you are more than just your issues. You Are Beautiful. You Are Courageous.. And trust me YOU GOT THIS!

I wish I had known all that earlier.

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