In episode 117 of The Just Checking In Podcast, we checked in with Claire Graham.
Claire Graham is the Public Engagement Consultant for the charity DSD Families.
DSD Families is an information and peer support charity for families.
They work together with families and their children, teens and young adults and healthcare providers in the UK to raise happy, healthy, confident and well-informed young people who can speak up for the support they need.
Every year in the UK, approximately 150 children are diagnosed with a Developmental Sex Disorder (DSD) and there are approximately 2,300 children in total living with a DSD in the country.
In this episode we discuss Claire’s experience of anxiety throughout her life and the DSD she lives with called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH) syndrome.
MRKH means Claire is unable to have children and we discuss Claire’s realisation about her fertility, learning how to live with it in adulthood and how its enabled her to code-switch between male and female social groups.
We also discuss her frustrations when non-intersex people claim to speak on behalf of intersex people for their own political agendas and how children with DSDs can experience high levels of Gender Dysphoria.
As always, #itsokaytovent
Find out more about DSD Families here.