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Name:
shawn_alexander
Birthdate:
1974
External Services:
  • shawn_alexander@livejournal.com
I want to preface this by saying that I am FTM (female-to-male transsexual). I only include this information because this will be an open and (to some) educational blog and some people who come across it may wonder why the hell there's this guy writing about cervical cancer. Ta da! That's why. And though I have not come across any at this point, there will likely be other guys in my position on here some day. I hope that this can help them.

That being said, this is in no way shape or form only for those with cancer or for those who are trans or any combination thereof. It is for friends, family, trans people, queer people, straight people, people with cancer, people with loved ones with cancer, pretty much any one who is interested in reading about one person's perspective on what living with cancer is like for them.

DISCLAIMER #1: THIS IS NOT A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO SPREAD HATE OR NEGATIVE COMMENTS. DON'T LIKE WHO I AM, WHO MY FRIENDS ARE, OR WHAT I'M WRITING ABOUT? GO BITCH ABOUT IT SOMEWHERE ELSE, NOT IN MY PERSONAL JOURNAL.

I created this journal because I wanted a very seperate place to write about my cancer. I feel that keeping it away from my other blogs on the net allows me to truly feel like it's is simply a part of my life and hasn't taken over my life (and won't.) I think this is important for my recovery.

I also created this at the suggestion of one of my friends who felt it would be healthy for me. Thanks, Retu. I feel it can serve as a place for those people who may be interested in how I'm doing to be able to come to one place to find out. I don't know how much I will be emailing or calling and actually this should give my friends and family a far greater idea of where I am mentally, physically, and emotionally regarding this issue. And also give them a HUGE opt-out if they don't want to worry or think about it so much or want to know but don't want to feel like they are pestering me about it. This way they can read here or just read my sporadic, boring emails :)

DISCLAIMER #2: CAUSE I DON'T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT LATER, READ THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!

In/on here you will likely find discussions with myself about myself, my life, how I feel about close relationships, some temper tantrums, contemplations, rambling stories, lots of technical crap, details of nasty things that happen to/come out of the human body while dealing with cancer and cancer treatment, things from my past that you may or may not know, things about me you may or may not WANT to know, and last but not least, A LOT of these entries are going to be set up to not allow other people to comment.

I'm setting it up that way because what I write here will usually NOT be something I want to debate, but rather something I'm feeling/thinking, and I do not want the stress of arguing with other people about my disease or feelings about it. Yep, I'm totally being selfish on this one.

That being said, if you really feel like you need to talk to me about something I've written (and I mean REALLY unless that post is comment enabled) email me about it, don't post on here. And don't bring up what I write here at parties!!! Unless I do first of course :)

Lastly, I will be leaving this a totally open blog and WILL NOT be restricting it to friends only. I feel strongly that people should be able to access things that make them feel that they are not alone and leaving this open allows people to search for this type of info on LJ. All I ask is that you heed the advice from two paragraphs above, especially if you do not know me in real life.

Thanks for reading.
acupuncture, art makes you healthy, being bald, biding time, brachytherapy, cancer research, caregiving, chemotherapy, clinical trials, compassion, crying, disneyland makes me happy, do something fun daily, eating healthy, external radiation, family, fatigue, ftm cancer, getting better, gyn cancer, hpv, insomnia, internal radiation, laughter, loss of appetite, meditation, not smoking, pap smears, preemptive surgery, preventative medicine, radiation, stuck in bed, subliminal healing, support, survival, trans cancer, transgender health, warrior spirit, yoga anti-nausea

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