Welcome to Overcoming Real Life Challenges!

People who are transgender, autistic, differently-abled, or otherwise unique often face special challenges in their quest to live authentically.

No blog post can give you a magic cure for your problems, but my hope is that the things I write about every week help you face and overcome barriers to being yourself in this world. Click the category below that matches your situation to check out what I’ve written so far.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t panic! I write new blogs every week, and you can also drop me an email if you have a burning question that hasn’t been answered yet.

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Mental Health and Trauma

World Mental Health Day Message 2020: You Are Not Broken

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. There are a lot of people writing blogs, making videos, and sharing personal stories on social media to support those of us with mental health issues. For me, every day is Mental Health Day. One of my missions in life is to help people understand that having a mental health issue is nothing…
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Mental Health and Trauma

Why Would a Guy Write About Sexual Assault?

A few weeks ago, after getting a flat tire in the rain, I had the opportunity to talk to a tow truck driver while being driven to get a new tire. The conversation turned to what I do. I told him about Reinventing Hannah, which is about a 16-year-old girl who struggles to shed her shy, quiet persona and become…
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Help! My friend is in an abusive relationship

When I was in my early 20s, I fell hard for someone who was addicted to drugs and ended up in what I know today was an abusive relationship. Dave was smart, funny, and adventurous. We had all-night hangout sessions that involved talking, playing chess, and discussing our lives. He also was unpredictable because of his addiction. Cocaine made him…