Deon, I used to feel exactly the same way about my family, about disappointing them.
And it was hard.
I’m not gonna lie and say that I came out and then everything was magically OK again in a short while.
It was hard.
But you know what?
If I hadn’t done it, I’d have never lived and loved the way I have. I’d have never met the love of my life.
I’d have never raised a great kid who needed a parent and needed me exactly for who I was.
It’s been a lot better being me than pretending to be somebody else and being miserable.
So my family had a rough time. I had a rough time because of them.
We all got over it, though. We really did. I’m close with some of my biological family now.
With others I’m not. I have people in my life who might as well be family even with no blood relationship.
And it’s all OK. We’re all OK.
It seems impossibly hard at first, I know. You can do it, though.
Once the hard part is done, where else do you have to go but up?
Good luck, man!