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Raising Joy Podcast: Cook Children’s Employee Shares Her Journey of Raising and Accepting Her Transgender Child


Listen to Episode 58 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental well-being of children and teens

Megan Hodges Cook, community program coordinator at Cook Children’s, is the mother of a transgender child. Her daughter came out to her when she was 12 years old, though she saw the signs nearly a decade prior. Megan isn’t embarrassed or ashamed of her story, but she knows some will have a difficult time understanding her journey. We hope listeners of this podcast will embrace Cook Children’s values of kindness and respect, and embrace Megan’s story of unconditional love for her child.

In this episode of Raising Joy, we hear more about Megan and her family's journey. Her story isn’t easy for her to share, but she hopes it will help other parents in similar situations, and provide some insight into a topic that has become extremely controversial.

Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s Joy Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the Joy Campaign, visit

New episodes of the Raising Joy podcast will be available each Tuesday. It is currently available on all major streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.

About Cook Children's    
Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of nine companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., Child Study Center and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For 100 years, we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. For more information, visit