This is my story.
I was born September 7, 1995, as a genetic male. My birth name was Thomas, but I now go by Lauren. I enjoyed my childhood dearly; however, I always had this feeling of not fitting it, that something was not right. I was a gymnast and cheerleader for a few years, but then I began to realize that I wasn’t the same as other girls, that my body wasn’t the same as theirs, so I quit the sports that I once loved so much, due to the overwhelming feeling of uncomfort I felt. When it came to school, I began feeling unbelievably insecure about my body in sixth grade. I started staying home and sleeping throughout the days, I didn’t know what was wrong with me. The following year, in seventh grade, I went into a terrible depression: I skipped almost every day of school to stay at home and be alone, I cut myself, I developed anorexia, and could never be happy. Finally, I realized, in eighth grade, I was at my friends house one night, sleeping over, and we were watching Degrassi. At the end of the episode, it had a little infomercial about Transgender people. My friend and I looked at each other in utter shock, for it was in that moment that we both realized I was a Transgender male, an MTF.
A few years passed and as I got into my sophomore year of high school, I began feeling more comfortable with who I was. I had a lot of friends who supported me, as well as my loving family. I never hid who I was because I am not ashamed of who I am, and I had so many friends that it wasn’t really likely for anyone to want to do something negative to me, since they’d get so much drama started for it. I met the perfect guy for me in the summer of 2012, the summer I went into my junior year of high school. He completely accepts me for who I am and what I want to do with myself. Whenever I am down, he lifts me up and makes it all better again. At the beginning of the school year, in September, I decided to switch into online homeschooling.
Therefore, I figured it would be possible and more simple for me to transition without any altercations. I pursued that thought and went to my general physician, and I told him about how I was wanting to begin HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). He understood and has did everything in his ability to help me. He referred me to a therapist to get the therapy that was required before beginning my treatments. The therapist, without a doubt, agreed that I was definitely a good candidate to begin.
So here we are, currently, I am about to embark on my journey! I just have to get the report from my therapist diagnosing me with Gender Dysmorphia and take that to the Gynecologist/Urologist, in order to get my first prescription! I’m super excited to start my life and finally have my body be in sync with my mind.