…ormed advice for you before you say anything: Listen to us with all of your energy and don’t speak. Unless you have, yourself, been sexually assaulted or stalked or groped or similarly objectified, controlled, terrorized, and violated so that a part of you was stolen, so that you were gifted with the options of hurting others, hurting yourself, or both, refrain from commentary for a bit, while you listen.
…hould be planned out and clearly communicated (I personally like a visual timeline or a checklist). Losing hope makes any clinical treatment less effective so it’s to your benefit to understand and include emotional milestones.
…goals, kept getting stronger and healthier. I lost a little bit of weight, but I was still fat. And because I was still fat, anyone at any time could decide to express concern, a reminder of just how clearly I was failing to meet my deepest need: having a different body.