Mandy Collins - My Story


Mandy Collins - My Story
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A novel by Bronwen Welsh

Part One Chapter One   'To thine own self be true'

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Author's note: Mandy Collins appears briefly in my first full-length story “A Foreign Country” when her path crossed twice with that story's heroine Lesley Brodie. Apart from both being transgender the two women had little in common, but there is more that connects them than is apparent at first.
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Prologue:

“My name is Mandy Collins and I'm a transgendered woman.”

When I first wrote those words, I expected only two people to read them — myself and my psychologist. Indeed it was at her suggestion that I started to write my life story as a means of coming to terms with my situation. The very fact that I see a psychologist will make some people look askance. It's a strange thing that a physical illness gains sympathy, but admitting to seeing a psychologist causes some people to assume that I have a mental illness. In order to prove that that is not the case I have decided (with my doctor's permission) to publish my story, so here it is.