by Lynda Langley - £16.99 Indra Publishing (2002)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780957873551 | ISBN 10: 0957873557
ďTonyís wife was on the phone, ringing from their interstate home. My husbandís face drained to ashen. Tony had totally castrated himself. He had lost a lot of blood and was now in surgery.Ē
A shocking phone call from their distraught daughter-in-law was how Lynda and Richard Langley learnt that their son had started his transition from a man to a woman.
The mad rush to their sonís hospital bedside, anguish and fear for his physical health, shock from the nature of his injury, and the dread of the challenges to be faced in the coming months and years...
Lyndaís account of how she adjusted to the reality that her eldest son had decided to physically become a woman is the story of a family. Tears and laughter, support and withdrawal, accompany Toni - now the eldest daughter - as she maps out her new life.
And with her all the time is Lynda, her mother. Helping to select her wardrobe, guiding her in the subtleties of speech and behaviour, and supporting her, especially in the early stages of her new life as a woman.
A motherís story of losing a son and gaining a daughter - a transgender transition and a motherís love.
While there have been some accounts of transgender transition published on the web, this is the first account from a parentís perspective, and the first to be published in book form.
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