Andrew Guy

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Monday, January 24, 2011

A health update - that I think you'll want to read

So...I had a check up today with my endocrinologist who prescribes my testosterone, and it was a very interesting check up.

To be honest there is a part of me right now that is thinking, oh god are you really going to share this?!?, and another part saying "yes do it, it's important, especially if you eventually want to start talking about below the belt things"...for now I'm not so ready to go there. I appreciate that's what a lot of people are curious about, so I will definitely post about it when it's at that time of the process as uncomfortable and exposing that is going to feel.

I now have testosterone levels in my body equal to that of a normal male, so my injections and the level of hormone will remain as is, every 2 weeks. Eventually once I am able to change my sex with medicare (which is allowed after a surgery of adjusting the body to male) I can change to either injections every three months, an implant every six months, or gels. These are all very costly options for a female ($200 per dose vs $30 per dose if male) at present so seems silly to change.

My period has now stopped, and I wont lie this is like, big time yay!! Having injections of testosterone and menstruating at the same time, was a REALLY uncomfortable space to exist in, emotionally and physically. I recall thinking on those days "wow I could really kill 'that person' today ... I mean I won't, but I can totally appreciate how murders in the name of revenge, love, psychosis etc happen...truly". Ability to play and understand a character that murders - tick!

My body appears to be the healthiest it's ever been, blood sugar levels normal, all organ functioning normal, blood pressure 110 over 60 and my cholesterol has dropped from 4.5 to 3.8. This to me is bizarre! If anything my eating habits over the past 2 months have certainly not been the healthiest of my life, mainly from a time factor point of view of being too busy and moving houses a lot, to really prepare a lot of healthy meals. That and my body has really been wanting not so healthy foods. My diet has included quite a bit of McDonalds, Oporto’s, snickers bars, as well as fruit and vege's, so go figure! My weight has increased from 53kgs to 59kgs yet fat content on my body reduced. Not that I'm condoning unhealthy eating but I guess there is also a point in listening to what the body is wanting at the time too...who knows?!

The next step in this process going 'by the book' is to look at chest surgery. Medically termed a double mastectomy with nipple reconstruction if required.

So probably the most interesting thing that surprised my doctor today is breast tissue has shrunk considerably way beyond normal in this short time of being on testosterone for 19 weeks now. Testosterone apparently still converts to oestrogen in breast tissue meaning they don't normally reduce in size all that much. The dramatic change in this short time period has made him think that I may not need chest surgery. I was like...WHAT?!?! :-) This for me today is HUGE; the idea of surgery, anaesthetics antibiotics and hospitals etc scares me to death especially after what I've witnessed in the past with ill family members. I'm still going to meet with a surgeon next month to explore further even though it' still early days as most surgeons don't do surgery unless you've been on testosterone for 12 months or more.

Chest reconstructive surgery is very important for me mainly because I still plan to continue acting and having a chest that is completely 100% male looking is absolutely vital, no exceptions, no scaring, well structured etc. To the point where I'm happy to search for a surgeon globally, spend more money and take my time to find the absolute right person for this. I have watched a lot of YouTube videos and it's like no, no, no not good enough.

So honestly if the body wants to continue to make this shift happen by its own means, especially if it means no or minor nipple cosmetic surgery....YES yes please...really! Obviously more to come on this. The only explanation to this for me right now that seems fitting (and I know a lot of my friends are probably tired of me talking about this :-) is that I have now consistently done a Journey Process at least once a month for the past six years and having integrated this into my life appears to continue to make any change process (mind, body and spirit) in life for me really smooth, it's so amazing! I get why this work is healing people globally from so many diseases, phenomenal!

So more to come on chest stuff after my surgeon appointment on the 16th of Feb.

Thanks again for reading xxx 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

I just love following this guy's story - Thanks for sharing it with me Viv!!!

Nine News Monday 24 January 2011
A Melbourne model famous for his gender-bending appearance has been signed as the face of Jean Paul Gaultier's new spring wear campaign.
The announcement was made after Andrej Pejic, 19, hit the catwalk for the label at Paris Menswear Fashion Week at the weekend. The teen has enjoyed a rapid rise to fame over the past few months, with his unique androgynous appearance turning heads in the fashion world.
At Paris Fashion Week last year he modelled both menswear and womenswear for prominent labels including Galliano, Raf Simmons and Paul Smith, generating headlines with each show.
"Personally I dont care what gender a piece of clothing is assigned to as long as it's aesthetically appealing to me," Pejic told ninemsn in an email. "Although shooting womenswear can be a lot less restrictive, which ultimately is more fun."
Pejic, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and moved to Melbourne in 1999, said his femininity began to emerge as he went through school. "It only really became noticeable when I got older and when every boy got pimples and hair in weird places and I was like oh hell nawh," he said.
Despite his stand-out looks, he did not face any bullying. "No one really wants to hit a pretty face. Plus I went to a great urban school," he said. He said he decided to get into modelling "for the opportunity to see the world but most of all the money"."I don't get out of bed for less than 50 bucks."
His Australian management company Chadwick Models today confirmed he had been signed as the new face of the Jean Paul Gaultier campaign. Gaultier's latest show is based on the pop culture image of film icon James Bond, in which Pejic represents both the secret agent and his female companion.
The 58-year-old designer said: "James Bond is an icon of masculinity, so much so that he's become a sort of sex object — just like the Bond girls he's seducing".

Monday, January 17, 2011

Support the Sydney GLBT Mardi Gras Season & Say Something!

The 2011 Mardi Gras season has been kicked off with a fabulous campaign asking all in the community to step up and say something GLBT focused. If you feel motivated to do so, feel free to post it in your FB status and if you'd like a special bubble with wording in it added to your FB pic, please send me a FB message with what you'd like to say and let's make it happen for you!!

A Male Image With A Female Body .... Ye-ah!

Life is very bizarre and interesting at present. I'm now into week 19 of this process and something shifted quite quickly just over 2 weeks ago. As in I kid you not, overnight, strangers began seeing me as a guy..."hey mate!". This was quite a disconcerting moment in time, where my instinct was to speak up and say "well actually no I'm not quite yet", most occurrences were too brief to speak this but goodness me that was quite a shock for a day or two. All of a sudden it hit me again (as I forget often & just go about my day as normal) I'm actually doing this & the voice inside my head saying "wow so soon?!?!, am I ready for people to see me as this?!?! I'm not sure, being known as Anna is still more than fine, I like that name too, oh this is really strange".

The peripheral world is now seeing me as a completely normal everyday male and that to me feels SO far off what is truth. AND that was just the beginning...since then a few other quirky situations have presented themselves:

1. I have attracted some interest from gay men (ah wow! yep scary & of course a little flattering, we'll get to my preference in a partner in a later post)

2. My credit card of course has Anna on it & when I use it now I get questioned as to why I am using a credit card with the name Anna (sigh!). Legally I believe I can't officially change my gender and name on legal documentation until after a surgery (again more to come on this) which won't happen until much later this year so for the next few fun!!

3. Unisex toilets are my best friend at the moment! I get some very strange looks and the occasional question if I use a female public toilet. Today at the gym was one such occasion! After a weird encounter it ended fine, with this gorgeous older Indian lady actually having the courage and taking the time to come find me later and ask if I was ok and was there a reason I had to be in the women's loo - as in was it a safety issue. I explained & she was fascinated and then proceeded to impart lovely motherly advice about making sure I stay in safe environments and be around supportive friends and family. I have a lot of respect for her and making more friends is always a plus in life!   

Next video post coming soon...a bit of a different flavour to mix it up a bit!

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