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Gosh, thank you for this Steph, a really supportive response. Let’s continue the chat over email, which I access far more often than my Medium profile. You’ll get me at carolballantine at

I attended the TENI AGM on Saturday, and left feeling really reassured. Such confident, kind wise young people who spoke of their own lives and transitions. Of course, that’s the sppace for affirmation, and I didn’t see the darkness. As a parent, you just want to protect your child from darkness — instead of what’s required, to go down there with them…..

Anyway, drop me a line, and perhaps if you’re in Dublin we can catch up for a chat.

Best wishes


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