Support our Transgender Child!

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Raised by 104 people in 36 months
My name is Heidi Winn Bousquet.
In May, my beautiful 13-year-old daughter, Emily called my husband and I from the hospital  where she had been in for suicidal depession and told us that she had come to clarity: She was a boy inside, and wanted to be called Finn. From that day forward, she stopped wanting to leave the planet. We offered our love and support in finding her clarity. We felt that she could be a boy, a girl, or a pineapple...it didn't matter to us; we just love our child and want the best for this very special person.

Finn has spent the last year grappling with his place on the earth. He has managed his distress by repeated attempts to self-harm, resulting in multiple emergency room visits and hospitalizations. He is currently in a psychiatric residential facility. Finn has been gripped with anxiety, depression, and social phobia.

In addition to doing everything the doctors and modern medicine have to offer, my husband and I have tried homeopathy, energy healing, light therapy, art therapy, even taking him to the ocean for several weeks to try to restore balance in his emotional and mental state. From his astrological chart it is clear that this is a spiritual crisis which requires alternative treatments.

This is not a child with any history of mental illness. He is a bright, lively child, a magnificent artist, who has been actively involved with extracurricular activities such as Destination Imagination, going to global championships in  Knoxville, TN.  Since age five he has enjoyed and thrived in the supportive and nourishing environment that the community  we live in offers.

Recently he escaped from his residential facility, ran through the forest to the river, went into a river, where the current rapidly took him towards the dam. As he was running, he saw the river. He said the medications that he has to take make him feel so emotionally flat that he wanted to feel something, so he jumped into the river. He had no idea that the current was so quick and began to panic as it took him towards the dam waterfalls. He fortunately was rescued and brought to the ER, where he was medically cleared. He said he ran away because he was homesick and wanted to come home.

We have been through a lot this past year, but this last episode threw us into shock and made us realize that we had to take bigger action to support Finn's life.

Finn is an incredible and magical being  who has much to offer our community and the planet. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to heal his body, mind, and spirit.  Will you  support Finn in this effort?  
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After a long journey, Finn is coming home! He'll be returning to his family, his community, and his beloved school at the end of the month after a year of turmoil.

Yesterday we met with the Director and Dean of Students at the school. They asked him how he is feeling about himself. He said he felt that he'd come a long way, and that he liked himself and had self-esteem. The school director asked what was his understanding of self-esteem. Finn answered, "It's when you love and accept yourself, not because you want others to like you, but because it's how you really feel." He was then asked what he is most excited to study at school. He said, "I want to learn all there is to know in the world." We were all impressed by his self-assurance and his poise.

It's a new chapter for us all, and it looks very promising, thanks to the support and love from all of those who have contributed to the success of Finn's recovery. We are deeply grateful for your contributions, prayers, and love.

Heidi and Jean
Finn is coming home!
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My name is Heidi Winn Bousquet.

In May, my beautiful 13-year-old daughter, Emily called my husband and I from the hospital where she had been in for suicidal depession and told us that she had come to clarity: She was a boy inside, and wanted to be called Finn. From that day forward, she stopped wanting to leave the planet. We offered our love and support in finding her clarity. We felt that she could be a boy, a girl, or a pineapple...it didn't matter to us; we just love our child and want the best for this very special person.

Finn has spent the last year grappling with his place on the earth. He has managed his distress by repeated attempts to self-harm, resulting in multiple emergency room visits and hospitalizations. He is currently in a psychiatric residential facility. Finn has been gripped with anxiety, depression, and social phobia.

In addition to doing everything the doctors and modern medicine have to offer, my husband and I have tried homeopathy, energy healing, light therapy, art therapy, even taking him to the ocean for several weeks to try to restore balance in his emotional and mental state. From his astrological chart it is clear that this is a spiritual crisis which requires alternative treatments.

This is not a child with any history of mental illness. He is a bright, lively child, a magnificent artist, who has been actively involved with extracurricular activities such as Destination Imagination, going to global championships in Knoxville, TN. Since age five he has enjoyed and thrived in the supportive and nourishing environment that the Fairfield community offers.

Recently he escaped from his residential facility, ran through the forest to the river, went into a river, where the current rapidly took him towards the dam. As he was running, he saw the river. He said the medications that he has to take make him feel so emotionally flat that he wanted to feel something, so he jumped into the river. He had no idea that the current was so quick and began to panic as it took him towards the dam waterfalls. He fortunately was rescued and brought to the ER, where he was medically cleared. He said he ran away because he was homesick and wanted to come home.

We have been through a lot this past year, but this last episode threw us into shock and made us realize that we had to take bigger action to support Finn's life.

Finn is an incredible and magical being who has much to offer our community and the planet. We are committed to doing whatever it takes to heal his body, mind, and spirit. Will you support Finn in this effort?
Finn Winn Bousquet
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Monica Fontoura
36 months ago
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Sorry to hear about Emily Heidi, I had no idea you were all going through this.I hope you get the support. To Jessica Barnett and Susan Brown: I think Heidi is raising funds, not asking for opinions nor advice. Those are given when asked. Respect her choice wether you agree or not. Grow up.

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Hunter
8 months ago
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i was in residential and im also ftm

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Rowen Freebird
10 months ago
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I wish I had more to give. Your story really resonates with me. I have also dealt with mental illness for several years, including multiple suicide attempts and many visits to the hospital and psychiatric facilities. And I am transgender as well. I can't say I understand what Finn is going through because I have never lived his life, but what I can say is that I definitely relate very much to him. To Finn, I want to say: whether you believe it or not, you are amazing! I know from my own experiences that there is always hope, even when you don't see it. What I've learned that has made a big impact on my life is that hope is not something we find, it's something we create, and every time we light the candle of hope within ourselves, we shine a beacon of hope for others. If you'd like someone to talk to for any reason at all, feel free to contact me. I feel for you and I wish you the best, ~Rowen (he/him)

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Sharon L Bousquet
35 months ago

My beloveds: Em/Finn is an amazing child growing into himself by leaps and bounds. He is in a safe place being cared for by professionals with other young people in similar situations with whom to connect and share experiences. Finn has us - her family - who love her beyond any change, any struggle - many trans kids are far less supported. My last visit with Finn at his residential home was important: the understanding in Finn's words and eyes is remarkable. I applaud Jean and Heidi for finding various ways to support Finn as he continues to move on this path toward wholeness. You Winn-Bousquets are a beautiful tribe - I admire you. I love you! ~S.

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Toni Berry
35 months ago

Finn, happy birthday. You are loved and I pray that you feel it every moment you experience!!!

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Susan Brown
35 months ago

I am very sorry. I was quick to judge and not because I see Finn as a flawed child,but someone who has been misunderstood or not fir in . As a parent of a child that doesn't meet the norms and is also suffering. As a parent,I understand how much we love our children and will do anything possible to save them. But,most of the time,it is out of our hands,and when we have down all we can,if we can let go and give it to God,then we have helped. Can I ask what the donations are for? I will pray for your daughter.I am sorry. I did not mean to offend.

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Jessica Barnett
35 months ago

I didn't realize Finn is transgender. I apologize for using the wrong pronouns. Best wishes to him.

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Sharon L Bousquet
35 months ago

This pronoun switch is a learning, for sure... :-)

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Jessica Barnett
36 months ago

There's nothing wrong with sharing my opinion. but this page is about Emily/Finn, so I'll leave it at that. I continue to send her love and light.

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Jessica Barnett
36 months ago

I won't donate because I strongly disagree with your idea of treatment, but I'm sending your daughter my love and support. She isn't alone, and I'm here if she ever wants to talk with someone who can relate to what she's going through. Best wishes to all of you.

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Susan Brown
36 months ago

I am very sorry to hear of your child's pain and suffering. Somewhere along the line,she has experienced a tramatic event in her life and it is just now showing it's face. Mental illneess is a family disease,not owned by one. Get down to earth,parents,and quit with the chartds and such. Your child may not need a bunch of meds but she will only get more confused as to what you are planning. I say this,as I lost my mother to suicide,and myself,just got out of the hopspital. Find out her mental diagnosis and try to learn everything you can about it,get grounded,and down to earth and may God help you and her.If you continue on lofty ideas,it will NOT help her.Trust me. God bless.

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Maryanna Camera Eagleson
36 months ago

Sending love and support. Emily/Finn is a gem and love being around her. We will send support soon and know you are all in our hearts. Much love Maryanna and Tim Eagleson

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Marie Turco
36 months ago

Heidi, so sorry to hear this. Best to you and your family.

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Loretta Bernards
32 months ago
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I don't know you Finn, It sounds like you have been through much already in life. I can see the intelligence and sweetness shining through your eyes. You are very brave to listen to your heart and inner voice when you stand out amongst the majority. I think you are very brave. I hope your heart stays strong and big always and you keep listening to your inner voice always. :) I love your name

TP
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Taruna Pharasi
32 months ago
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MC
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Michael Chasse
35 months ago
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Debra Poneman
35 months ago
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Love to you all...And Finn, hang in there buddy. Just take it one day at a time....There is always light at the end of the tunnel...xo

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Anonymous
35 months ago
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PT
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Pamela Temple
35 months ago
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Anonymous
35 months ago
GT
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Gorfua Areda & Girma Tessema
35 months ago
$25
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35 months ago
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MsR Saverio
35 months ago
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Sending you love and wishes for all dreams coming true!

Monica Fontoura
36 months ago
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Sorry to hear about Emily Heidi, I had no idea you were all going through this.I hope you get the support. To Jessica Barnett and Susan Brown: I think Heidi is raising funds, not asking for opinions nor advice. Those are given when asked. Respect her choice wether you agree or not. Grow up.

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Hunter
8 months ago
1
1

i was in residential and im also ftm

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Rowen Freebird
10 months ago
1
1

I wish I had more to give. Your story really resonates with me. I have also dealt with mental illness for several years, including multiple suicide attempts and many visits to the hospital and psychiatric facilities. And I am transgender as well. I can't say I understand what Finn is going through because I have never lived his life, but what I can say is that I definitely relate very much to him. To Finn, I want to say: whether you believe it or not, you are amazing! I know from my own experiences that there is always hope, even when you don't see it. What I've learned that has made a big impact on my life is that hope is not something we find, it's something we create, and every time we light the candle of hope within ourselves, we shine a beacon of hope for others. If you'd like someone to talk to for any reason at all, feel free to contact me. I feel for you and I wish you the best, ~Rowen (he/him)

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Sharon L Bousquet
35 months ago

My beloveds: Em/Finn is an amazing child growing into himself by leaps and bounds. He is in a safe place being cared for by professionals with other young people in similar situations with whom to connect and share experiences. Finn has us - her family - who love her beyond any change, any struggle - many trans kids are far less supported. My last visit with Finn at his residential home was important: the understanding in Finn's words and eyes is remarkable. I applaud Jean and Heidi for finding various ways to support Finn as he continues to move on this path toward wholeness. You Winn-Bousquets are a beautiful tribe - I admire you. I love you! ~S.

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Toni Berry
35 months ago

Finn, happy birthday. You are loved and I pray that you feel it every moment you experience!!!

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Susan Brown
35 months ago

I am very sorry. I was quick to judge and not because I see Finn as a flawed child,but someone who has been misunderstood or not fir in . As a parent of a child that doesn't meet the norms and is also suffering. As a parent,I understand how much we love our children and will do anything possible to save them. But,most of the time,it is out of our hands,and when we have down all we can,if we can let go and give it to God,then we have helped. Can I ask what the donations are for? I will pray for your daughter.I am sorry. I did not mean to offend.

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Jessica Barnett
35 months ago

I didn't realize Finn is transgender. I apologize for using the wrong pronouns. Best wishes to him.

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Sharon L Bousquet
35 months ago

This pronoun switch is a learning, for sure... :-)

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Jessica Barnett
36 months ago

There's nothing wrong with sharing my opinion. but this page is about Emily/Finn, so I'll leave it at that. I continue to send her love and light.

+ Read More
Jessica Barnett
36 months ago

I won't donate because I strongly disagree with your idea of treatment, but I'm sending your daughter my love and support. She isn't alone, and I'm here if she ever wants to talk with someone who can relate to what she's going through. Best wishes to all of you.

+ Read More
Susan Brown
36 months ago

I am very sorry to hear of your child's pain and suffering. Somewhere along the line,she has experienced a tramatic event in her life and it is just now showing it's face. Mental illneess is a family disease,not owned by one. Get down to earth,parents,and quit with the chartds and such. Your child may not need a bunch of meds but she will only get more confused as to what you are planning. I say this,as I lost my mother to suicide,and myself,just got out of the hopspital. Find out her mental diagnosis and try to learn everything you can about it,get grounded,and down to earth and may God help you and her.If you continue on lofty ideas,it will NOT help her.Trust me. God bless.

+ Read More
Maryanna Camera Eagleson
36 months ago

Sending love and support. Emily/Finn is a gem and love being around her. We will send support soon and know you are all in our hearts. Much love Maryanna and Tim Eagleson

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Marie Turco
36 months ago

Heidi, so sorry to hear this. Best to you and your family.

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