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Freeing myself from guilt and regret

I was raised in a strict Catholic family and my childhood was spent going to school, church and working on our small farm. When I was 16 I went to my very first disco and fell madly in love with …

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Finding my purpose in an unlikely place

In the 38 years, I have been on this planet, I have had many truly amazing days. I have also had many days when I just did not want to get out of bed in the morning. For the last …

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Opening up about crossdressing

I’ve always been a crossdresser. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t sneaking in my mom’s closet or buying my own clothes or shoes when I had my own money. For most of my life I thought it was …

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Be bold, ambitious and work hard

My name is Elena Shkarubo and I’m Founder and CEO of the global MeetnGreetMe service.  During my life I’ve been through many difficult situations when I needed to take action and make a decision. I lived in Minsk, Belarus and …

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The gift of saving a life

I can’t quite remember when I started thinking about donating my kidney; it was probably some 10 years ago. From when I first became aware of the possibility I remember thinking, wow wouldn’t that be an awesome thing to do. …

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Life begins after 40 years in local government

So it was about three in the afternoon on a Tuesday and I was sitting in the spa pool at the gym. In the past this was about the time when stress levels would start to rise. In my local …

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The day I became grateful for my insurance policy

I was only 20 when I married, and I had no formal qualifications and no big career plans. My husband was an optometrist and together we created an optometry practice, which was very successful. We had two sons very soon …

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Standing up to my cancer challenge

  It was December 2014, and I had just received the news there was a 99% probability that I had lymphatic cancer. I was 28 and about to be married, suddenly my whole world was turned upside down! Prior to …

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Seeing clearly now the charm has gone

I fell in love with a man who lived in Australia, but was Persian like me. He quickly swept me off my feet, charmed my family and with my parents’ blessing we happily walked down the aisle. Then we set …

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Not falling apart…just sleeping apart

Decisions come and go in our lives. So it can be difficult to recognise that what seems to be an insignificant decision, is anything but. My insignificant decision came when my husband and I (boyfriend at the time) took ourselves …