WORKS IN SERIES: MORE THAN A WOMAN WPP18 Winner: more_than_a_woman003

Karen takes her first shower after four days from the operation  “ I knew I was different from a very early age, around age 9. I believed doctors had surgically given me the wrong parts at birth. However, as I was told I was a boy by my parents, that is what I believed. As a teenager, I started dressing in women's clothes and wondered what it would be like to have a female body and breasts. I repressed these thoughts and feelings through my twenties, and it wasn't until I was nearly thirty that I realized I was transgender. I was married at that time and had a newly born daughter. I then started my transition in earnest, going through the process of coming out to family, then friends, then my work. I found acceptance from many friends and work colleagues, but some family members were and continue to be resistant to my transition. After starting hormones in Novemeber 2009, I had Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) in November 2012 with Dr. Mark Zukowski in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Finally, on January 30, 2017, I was able to have Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) with Dr. Suporn in Chon Buri, Thailand.

Karen takes her first shower after four days from the operation

“ I knew I was different from a very early age, around age 9. I believed doctors had surgically given me the wrong parts at birth. However, as I was told I was a boy by my parents, that is what I believed. As a teenager, I started dressing in women's clothes and wondered what it would be like to have a female body and breasts. I repressed these thoughts and feelings through my twenties, and it wasn't until I was nearly thirty that I realized I was transgender. I was married at that time and had a newly born daughter. I then started my transition in earnest, going through the process of coming out to family, then friends, then my work. I found acceptance from many friends and work colleagues, but some family members were and continue to be resistant to my transition. After starting hormones in Novemeber 2009, I had Facial Feminization Surgery (FFS) in November 2012 with Dr. Mark Zukowski in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Finally, on January 30, 2017, I was able to have Gender Reassignment Surgery (GRS) with Dr. Suporn in Chon Buri, Thailand.