An honest and open rendition of one woman’s grief for the man she once knew and acceptance of the person who still loves her like a daughter.
In 1987, Cath Lloyd’s father made the shocking confession that he was a transsexual and wished to become a woman.
Although she wanted to be supportive, Cath didn’t want to lose her dad, and it was hard to accept his decision. In those days, asking for help wasn’t the norm, and gender issues like this were swept under the carpet. Throughout the years of emotional, conflicting and tormenting thought processes, Cath wondered if life was ever going to feel normal again.
We all have life stories to tell, and Cath tells one of hers in her book and shares her journey of acceptance when her dad became Joan.
A Tale Of Two Parts
The day I learned a new normal
Cath begins part one of her book in the doctor’s surgery awkwardly explaining that her father, Joan, is indeed her father. She continues with a multi-layered story of honesty, strength, forgiveness, courage, regret, horror, conflict, discomfort, secrets, and love. It is the story of how Cath finally let herself be heard, and the story of her father who had no choice but to change.
Seven steps for living your new normal
In the second part of the book, Cath shares seven of the strategies that helped with her family challenges. These can support you too, whatever difficulties you’re facing in your life. With self-help tools that focus on topics like your values, self-honesty and positivity, you’ll develop a plan of action to support you while you acknowledge and accept what needs to happen to move forward and live your new normal.
About The Author
She’s far more than just an author and loving daughter; Cath is a wife to one husband, a mother to two children, and an anxiety and stress relief coach to many.
Cath is a lifestyle change and stress relief coach, with a teaching background in adult education spanning over 25 years. She combines her teaching and life coaching skills with a holistic approach and loves working with her clients on an individual level to achieve positive and quick results.
This is Cath’s first book in print and one of several personal battles she has faced in her life. She challenges herself constantly in all she undertakes which most recently has included hardwood floor restoration and a charity swim marathon.
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