Love Conquers

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
Maya Angelou
My definition of family is just unconditional love. The people who rely on you and who love you, they are there, too.
— will arnett

When you look at me what do you see? A man who's a father, a husband, a provider. Do you see a transgender man or simply a man? The journey to living my truth has not been an easy road, however, my journey is not yet over! Society has told me I not worth living, my life has no value, I deserve and should die! At one point, I started to believe the negative words that were pointed towards me. Self esteem was decreasing, isolation was becoming more revelant and I was scared. With all the recent attacks, assults and unnecessary deaths against transgender men and women I was determined to get my life back and begin to live. I met my now wife 12 years ago, we were friends but I always had a special love for her. Our paths cross again in 2014. We dated and our love for one another quickly grew. I was afraid to tell her about my transitioning process but she could look at me and see my physical appearance had changed and I was not the same person from 12 years ago. Sandy is now SanJuan. My wife accepted me as I am. Her daughter, our daughter and their family accepted me as I am. My family has always been in my corner and stood behind me with every decision I've ever made. I'm one of the lucky one's who has the courage to live in my truth and be completely free! I will continue to share my story for those who are no longer with us, their voices will never be heard and for those who lack the courage, support and knowledge to Live In Their Truth! 
 

To my parents ,
I love you guys so much. Pops you are the epitome of what a king, a father, a husband and a bestfriend is suppose to be. Mommy you are the epitome of what a queen, a mother, a wife and a bestfriend is suppose to be. You know our family bond is unbreakable. Your love story is so inspiring that it gives people hope that they can also fall in love one day with their bestfriend. I look up to you'll in awe everyday knowing that I have a wonderful support system. I couldn't have asked for better parents. 
I love you guys to the moon nd back. 

I LOVE YOU MOMMY & POPS !!
-Shalayah