Does it ever get easier?

September 22, 2010 at 9:10 pm (Just wondering...)

This month, I started my Masters in Counselling. I had mixed feelings: I was excited to be one step closer to my goals/dreams but I was so nervous to see all new faces. The prof entered the room which housed about fourteen people (much more intimate than in my undergrad classes) and asked us each to introduce ourselves and tell her about our experience in counselling etc. I was overwhelmed by the educational/professional backgrounds of my peers. Most declared they were interested in working with children or adolescents. Some were interested in couples counseling and family therapy and some were interested in working with those battling addictions. When it came to my turn, I was nervous. I am no good at speaking in front of crowds but I stood and introduced myself and told them about my hometown and all those mundane details. But when I came to explain my professional interests, I struggled for the words. It is still pretty hard for me to speak about MRKH. I mean really, I don’t think there is anything more personal to me. I shared few details, explaining only that it was a congenital anomaly that affects female fertility and I did not say “Oh and by the way, I have been struggling with this for over eight years now” but I was calm and confident in my explanation. When I sat back down, I was so proud of myself (that I had managed to keep it together) and to top it off, my prof and my colleagues were really interested in what I had to say. I got several questions, none that I dreaded (like “how do you know about this?”) and on top of that I heard the the girl behind me whisper to her friend: “That sounds interesting.” It made me feel really good!

2 Comments

  1. susan rudnick said,

    Hi, Thank you so much for sharing your experience. You are so courageous. I thought you might be interested in an essay I wrote about my MRKH experiences, which are published on the website of the magazine Psychology Today. Here is the link:

    http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brainstorm/201007/unnamable-and-unnamed-personal-reflection-diagnosis

    It’s so wonderful to me, I have been a therapist for over 30 years, that there will be others in the mental health field with MRKH.
    Good luck to you, Susan Rudnick

    • MRKHCanada said,

      Thank you so much!!! I’m so happy to share my experiences if it helps others! Reading your essay is really inspiring to me, especially when you talk about labels. It can be a double edged sword. I would love to talk more with you if that’s possible!!! My private email is mrkhcanada@gmail.com.

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