What a beautiful story, thanks for sharing your experience with us.
I was guilty of all of these traits for a number of years! So much so that I now cannot work due to the fact I never looked after myself.
I've definitely asked for a natural look as well! lol I'm pretty sure it's a standard comment and I've also said I don't want to look like a drag queen. Because seriously have you seen drag queens make up!
This opens up a can of so many things for example the fact that not everybody can have children!
I've also had a lot of problems with this in the past, I've been having to make up for those people that are able to work part time.
I also don't know where to start. I've been working in public service for years and I've had position after position. The trauma has prevented me from working again, I'm now on medication.