Monday, December 14, 2009

Words of Wisdom from Robert Ingersoll via the Snowball Party

Over the weekend, Steve and I had the opportunity to attend the Snowball party hosted by the Ingersoll Gender Center. Ingersoll is Seattle's well-known and longstanding organization which provides support to the Transgendered Community. As a family doctor, I have been serving this unique community for over a decade.

Getting together for this holiday party is always special. People come in various stages of their gender transition--and you just know that the procerss brings enormous challenges for all of those involved. Yet, we witness some elegant transitions--with people doing better in virtually all aspects of their life once mind and body are synchronous. It is a courageous group. You never know what burdens people carry.

An inspirational quote was shared, as it always is by organization founder Marsha Botzer. The quote, from the organization's namesake Robert Ingersoll, is this:

"The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so."

An appropriate inspiration and reminder for caregivers and patients everywhere!
Take care. Linda Gromko, MD

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