Today is the day that one year ago, I received my very first injection of testosterone. On this day, I was a mess of emotions. I was happy, nervous, determined, ecstatic, hopeful, ready, and finally actualized. I was ready for whatever life decided to throw at me. I found who I was and was finally able to make that person visible to the rest of the world. I’ve never looked back.
Over the past year I’ve experienced a lot of changes, both physical and psychological. I grown more hair all over my body, my voice has dropped considerably, had muscle mass and fat distribution changes, and haven’t had the dreaded monthly blood-letting since October or November. I haven’t been referred to as a female for months now. I’ve grown more confident in myself and more at ease in general.
There have been ups and downs but mostly ups. I wouldn’t change anything about what has transpired in the last year. I found a job where I am accepted for who I am rather than what I am. I legally changed my name to Emmett Liam. A long relationship ended but the friendship endured. The possibility of a new romance begins to form. My family is acknowledging and accepting my transition. I’ve gained friends and family. I am loved. I’ve never felt more complete and whole.
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