A week ago I wrote a poem about a friend I had made via Facebook who had made some changes in their life. Changes which would lead to them being shunned by some they knew but also to an outpouring of support around the world from people from all walks of lives. Not everyone reading this would agree with the choice Laverne made, many would say she should have remained Robert despite them pain it was causing not only to her but to those around her, but I hope that even those of you who do not agree with that choice will send your love and prayers to her family.
Her children accepted this new life sadly, though of course we will never be sure of the real reasons, others did not and on Monday night Laverne took her own life. her friends are devasted that just as life promised so much for her the demons that had plagued her life made her feel so alone and worthless she believed this was the only option.
I can only take comfort that now she is at peace and cannot be hurt anymore.