Updates for your Finances due to the Coronavirus

The first day of spring has been the last thing on the minds of many as the country and world brace for the coronavirus. In an effort to provide a financial backstop for individuals and the economy, state and federal governments have been implementing new policies and changes to existing timelines. So far there have been changes to tax filing deadlines, student loan payments, leave from work, and unemployment insurance. Tax Changes The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) have a website in place to help people keep updated with changes to tax deadlines. You can visit the link here. As […]

My Fourth Year Having Gender Conformation

WOW, I am so excited to say that coming up on April 8, 2020 will be my fourth year Anniversary from having Gender Conformation. I can honestly say without a doubt I would never turn back, and I am 200% Happier than I’ve ever been in my life. On October 1, 2010, I went full time with my transition living as a woman 24/7, but there was still something missing in my life that needed to be done. Having Gender Conformation at the time was very important for me to have. Normally a Transgender person must wait a year after […]

Incontinence Pill or Surgery

There are many people who suffer from some level of incontinence and there are quite several options available. One of the most readily available options is pads, briefs and diapers which can be purchased in the stores or discretely online, but this option is not for everyone and it does not address the underlying cause of the incontinence. Medications tend to be the next level of medical options with several types of drugs that work in different ways on the bladder. Mirabegran (Myrbetrix) is a drug that relaxes the bladder muscle to keep it from quivering and spasming, creating the […]

HIV and the Coronavirus – How to Protect Yourself

The new coronavirus has radically changed daily life for everyone, but for individuals living with HIV, the virus brings with it unique questions and fears. We asked Dr. Sebastian Ruhs, Interim Chief Medical Officer and Director of Infectious Diseases for Chase Brexton Health Care, to address these questions. Who faces the highest risks from the coronavirus? We know from data coming from China and Europe how COVID-19 behaves. Based on the data we have available, those at highest risk from the disease are those with severe conditions like cancer, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease. Is someone living with HIV at higher […]

ICE detention for adults and children; how many will die?

The world is in the grip of a global pandemic, the COVID-19. Governments are mandating safe distancing to reduce the chance of getting infected with COVID-19. Stores, restaurants, bars, and gyms are ordered to close to protect the local communities. And what is happening to those who are being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”)? Are they being released to home detention to limit their exposure? NO! ICE officers are waiting like vultures for undocumented people to come out of hospitals and stores, and arresting them for the “crime” of being in the United States without proper documentation. ICE […]

Hormone Therapy during Transitioning

By Dr. Cohen “Hormone therapy barely helped my FTM transition. What cosmetic procedures will help me look more masculine?” Great question! Transitioning is a highly personal, multi-step process that is different for everyone who experiences it. Most FTM (Female to Male) trans men find great comfort in achieving a masculine appearance. It helps alleviate the unsettling effects of gender dysmorphia, boosts self-confidence, and – most importantly – allows trans men to look and feel more like the person they are meant to be. Hormone therapy is a common first step, but it rarely provides enough physical changes to meet most […]

Living With Isolation

As you read this, it will be about 3 weeks that we all have been practicing social distancing, and isolating in case of those who may have had contact with someone who tested positive. It is difficult to predict how we will be affected by this in the long run, but we do know that prisoners in solitary confinement suffer tremendously. Levels of anxiety and depression go up to be debilitating. We are dealing with a situation most of us never even imagined could happen to us. So let’s take a look at how we may deal with it in […]

Moving the Milestone

I’ve spent a lot of time on the phone this past week. As the coronavirus has spread in the United States, so has the need to respond to it. Here in Maryland, the government has responded with ever more tightening restrictions in order to contain the virus. What that means in my world is that many weddings—those fabulous, joyful experiences that I have the pleasure and privilege of helping create—have had to be postponed. Weddings are not life or death situations, to be sure, but they are important events in our lives. Many tears have been shed this week as […]

God Has Me Here for A Reason

WOW, where do I start with this story other than saying: “God has Me here for a reason”. There has been so many times I would be dead or killed right now due to work or just by helping someone in need.  So, to start this story off I need to go back before I transition, back in the mid 70’s when I worked for an alarm company.  I worked the midnight shift until 8:00 am responding to some of the alarms or trouble shooting depending on their status or if we had keys to the establishment. There had been […]

My Inner Critic

Do you have that voice in your head that criticizes you when you do something? The one that wants you to be perfect in everything? The one that triggers a sense of blame? Alfred Adler, the Austrian psychiatrist and therapist, held that, “To be a human being means to possess a feeling of inferiority which constantly presses towards its own conquest.” His Individual Psychology was based on this belief. He has stated that “… a child enters the world. It is helpless, small, and needs attention. What effect does this have on the child? What influences how the child adapts […]