Happy unbirthday to me

September 20, 2008

Today is my first unbirthday.

A year ago today – 20 September – I underwent surgery in Thailand.

What can I say? :)

I wouldn’t have missed it for the world; it’s the best thing I’ve ever done.

No regrets.

Actually, I’d also like to take the opportunity to say thanks once again to my support network: Vix, Lucy, Rachel, Jacqui P, Jacqui B, Sarah F, Dom, Martin. It was so reassuring to know that, just a phone call away, there were people I loved, who I could talk to and who I could trust implicitly when times got tough.

It’s a little sad that my Mum, Dad and sister weren’t there for me, then or now, but I have to count my blessings – so many of my trans sisters and brothers lose everything in transitioning: family, friends, houses, jobs, the lot. So if all I’ve lost is my family, then really, I’m doing very, very well and have nothing to grumble about.

And now I should go and celebrate a little…

Meanwhile, here are a few of the key tunes from my general day-to-day iPod soundtrack of the time:

The The – This Is The Day

This is the day your life will surely change
This is the day when things fall into place

(YouTube link)


Talking Heads – This Must be The Place (Naive Melody)

…Home – is where I want to be
But I guess I’m already there…

(YouTube link)


Robert Plant – Big Log

…My love is exceeding the limit
Red-eyed and fevered with the hum of the miles
Distance and longing, my thoughts do collide…

(YouTube link)


Roy Harper – Twelve Hours Of Sunset

…Twelve hours of sunset, six thousand miles
Illusions and movies, far away smiles
Twelve hours of sunset, half a day in the skies,
Be with you tomrrow, as the steel crow flies…
Oh, how time flies…

Twelve hours of sunset, twilight sublime,
Be with you tomorrow, backwards in time…
Oh, how time flies…

(YouTube link)


Happy unbirthday…


11 Responses to “Happy unbirthday to me”

  1. queen emily Says:

    happy unbirthday Helen :) xx

  2. Debs Says:

    Wow, The The!! I haven’t heard that song for years and it’s one of my faves, so thanks a million from me for that!

    Happy Unbirthday!!!! :-D xxxx

  3. Martin Farrow Says:

    Big Hugs and thank you for a year of incredible and continuing Inspiration….! XXX

  4. Lucy Says:

    HAPPY UNBIRTHDAY!!! This time last year I was in Cornwall and sending out all the positive thoughts I could! Still am… Much love and hugs XxX.

  5. drakyn Says:

    Happy unbirthday! *sends e-cupcakes*

  6. Lynne Miles Says:

    Happy, happy unbirthday Helen. Hoping the coming years are just as happy for you xxx

  7. Zenobia Says:

    Happy unbirthday!

  8. Jess Says:

    Happy unbirthday!!!


  9. Laura Says:

    *proffers a belated happy unbrithday cake* x x

  10. Lisa Harney Says:

    Belated happy unbirthday. :)

  11. Late as hell but happy happy unbirthday!

    I’m so glad for you.

    Dance on, lady

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