24th Jun 2014, 4:56 PM in Ch. 22: Valentine's Night
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Author Notes:
Much in the same way that my therapy experience influenced Rain's first session, Rain's "letter" session plays out a bit like mine as well. Particularly the suddenness of the very first panel. "Oh by the way, hormones!" XD

Mind you, this doesn't mean Rain's going to be taking them on the next page or anything, but it seems like it's become an inevitability for her. One way or another, it's coming. And that's a great feeling! ^_^

Rain, all characters and all other aspects of the story are copyright material belonging to me.

Don't forget, Rain - Volume 1 and 2 are available for purchase. ^_^

Also, I've said this before, but I'm trying to raise money for SRS, and I'm still struggling with it. If you can help, it would be most welcome. If not, don’t worry about it. I totally understand (you don't need to feel bad or apologize if you can’t).
User comments:
Vanessa (Guest)
This has got to be my favorite page so far. Is it really that easy though? I'd imagine the average individual having to jump through a few more hoops in order to get hrt.

I can only speak from my personal experience. I mean, I struggled for a very long time, first with my own feelings and then with finding a place that could help me. Once I was there though, things have actually moved rather smoothly for the most part.

Unfortunately, this is not everyone's experience. Even Rain has mentioned she went to a crappy therapist before this.

Still, I don't want people to get too hung up on what could go wrong. Speaking from experience, if I worried less about everything that might not work out and more into doing what I could, I might've started transition years earlier than I did.

My experience was quite similar with the therapist, I got my letter after two sessions. My problems continue to be a lack of transportation, my social aniexty, and my weight which have prevented me from starting hormones almost a year later...
It used to be an ironclad rule--at least here in the US--that you had to sit through (and pay for) 12 weeks of therapy before the therapist could authorize HRT. At minimum--if they wanted to, the therapist could drag it out longer.

But I've been hearing from a lot of younger trans people that this is no longer the case. Which is great. In fact, a LOT of things have been getting better, these past few years.
Amber (Guest)
Depends on where you are. In San Francisco, for example, there's at least one "informed consent" clinic which doesn't even require a therapist letter - just a signed statement of informed consent, which can be picked up at your very first appointment and turned in at your second.
Aislinn (Guest)
It really depends. There are therapists who are very "gatekeeper-y", and keep HRT and other such transition-related things out of reach for a long time while you jump through hoops.

My own therapist just wanted me to be completely out with those who need or ought to know - work, family, friends (particularly family I live with), before we moved on to HRT, although I suspect she'd have been willing to do it earlier had I pressed the matter.

In this case, I think Rain's even luckier in that this won't be expensive for her, while I'm saving up a few hundred dollars in order to pay for the endocrinologist visit.
Frio (Guest)
I wish my experience was this fast, but at least I'm on the waiting list now.
Stephanie (Guest)
I have been reading your comic for a while now. Never commented. But decided to finally rectify that. I love it its wonderful. This page was awesome timing too I just got my letter from my Therapist for hormones:). Thank you for writing this. It has brought a smile to my face every time it updates.
Skye (Guest)
This is my first comment, though i've been reading for a while.
I absolutely love this comic :)! I love this page, it does a great job of capturing the excitement Rain is feeling right now. I remember how super excited I was when I had the hormones in hand for the first time. Probably the happiest moment of my life, definitely in the top three.

The place where I went to in my town, I only needed two sessions before I got my hormones and one was the day of. They just needed to make sure that I could give informed consent and that I knew what I could expect and to talk about options. They were super professional and understanding. They even understand and leave room to work for people who are more in the middle of the gender spectrum.

I also should have worried less about getting them too, I could have started at least a year earlier than I did.
Akane (Guest)
Amazing! So excited for Rain ^-^ And...so envy her, hope I can follow the same route soon.
I remember meeting my Endo for the very first time. I was so nervous and worried that he'd deny me HRT. But he was kind. He is the kind of person who is able to put at ease upon entering the room. He makes me feel loved, cared for. I always feel great about going to see him, and better after I leave.

And my experience with HRT has been amazing. All of my body hair grows in slower and lighter, if it grows back at all. My skin is softer, my sex-drive is happily low. But my breasts... Well, let's just say I'm not impressed. But my friends tell me they are bigger than I think. I think they exaggerate.

As for muscle mass and emotions. I've been able to keep my arms from sagging by lifting weights and going zumba, yoga, and barre none (a type of ballet class) classes. My emotions are a little more on edge than before. And my friends have noticed it more than I.

I do cry more easily at sad moments on teevee or in movies, and I'm happy about it. I don't feel restricted by my apparent gender any more. It used to physically hurt when I tried to cry. I could feel it coming, but I always felt choked and my chest would begin to hurt. I just couldn't get past my programming, until HRT released me.
Anonymous (Guest)
I understand that you might not believe in God, but He is a proper noun and in the future can you capitalise His name?

Anyway, I love this page so much <3
Actually, "god" only gets capitalised if referring to a specific one where it is customary to capitalise that word. However, Rain's god might not want to be capitalised. We don't know anything about her religion.
no (Guest)
thats an interesting loophole. i would have just gone with ¨it´s a figure of speech, she´s not actually talking about god¨
I'm barely over a month on hormones and I cried for the first time in 4 years the other day, this stuff is crazy
Hooman Bean (Guest)
Damian (Guest)
For you people reading rain 10 years after it was written (like me) a good way to get HRT without having to put up with unsupportive doctors is through Folx health, I'm starting it in march when I move out, but its accessible, queer owned, it delivers hormones right to your door, and judgement free. And im not being paid to say all this
So much of that stuff sounds great! I wish I could get on HRT