Conversations with… Angie Brewer (Subject: Gender Transitioning)

I first interviewed Angie a few months ago about her life before and after she came out as trans. It was a thought provoking, interesting read (you can catch up on it by clicking here) and Angie and I decided that, once she had undergone her upcoming gender reassignment surgery, we would catch up again to discuss how the procedure has changed her life.
I am overjoyed to announce that Angie had her surgery in December 2019 and is now the person she has always known that she should be. Her story continues in this post.
First of all, congratulations on your surgery! I can’t imagine how happy you are right now. Can you describe how your surgery came about?
Thank you that’s so lovely of you!
Before my surgery, I had an appointment with the surgeon, Mr Fenton, who would perform the operation. He was lovely! He showed me photographs of every part of the surgery, explained what he would do and asked if I had any questions. Once he had finished explaining what was to happen, he examined me to check how much hair I had and whether I would need any electrolysis. I was lucky Mr Fenton was happy with the lack of hair on the area he was going to operate on,and the hospital would be in touch with me soon.
Two days after the appointment, the hospital rang me with a couple of choices for my surgery. Looking at the dates, I chose a date thirteen weeks later to make sure I had enough time to get everything sorted before.
My surgery was booked for the 5th of December.
In the time between my appointment with Mr Fenton and my surgery, I had to fill in medical forms, attend four electrolysis sessions, undergo a pre op assessment to check things like my blood pressure, height and weight. 
How did you feel before the surgery?
 
I thought I would be nervous in the 13 weeks leading up to surgery but as my surgery date got nearer I was so calm. I had no doubts at all. I wasn’t nervous, but I was a little emotional. I cried a couple of times but they were tears of happiness.
The day of my surgery, my feelings changed a little. I began to focus on the future and think of the moment I woke up after the operation. All I felt was happiness and excitement.
I can only imagine how excited you were! What were the first few days of your recovery like?
For the first few hours after surgery, I was groggy. My stats were taken every half an hour. I could feel something that felt like a square box where I’d had surgery. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but knew it was there.
I tried to sleep as much as possible during the first 24 hours, only really waking up to take my painkillers and antibiotics.
On the third day post op, I could get out of bed and sit in chair. I found myself crying happy tears again. Even though resting and doing nothing for a few days was hard for me, I couldn’t stop smiling!
How does it feel to now be the person you always knew that you were always supposed to be?
I finally feel alive. I’m happier than I’ve ever been! I haven’t stopped smiling, my confidence is growing and I feel at peace.
It’s like I’ve been given a new lease of life.
It’s wonderful to hear that you are so happy! What are you looking forward to the most in the future?
The future is bright and exciting with so many new experiences to look forward to. There isn’t just one thing I’m looking forward to – it’s everything!
The future is what I make it. I want to go on my first flight and I’m looking forward to my biography coming out sometime this year. One day maybe I’ll meet a nice woman, who knows, but for now I am focusing on me and what’s in my life already. I’m looking forward to a night out for my birthday and a catch up with friends.
Your future definitely is bright. Can you describe what having this surgery has meant to you?
Having surgery for me has been life changing.
It’s been emotional. I’ve changed, I’ve grown – I’ve become who I was always meant to be.

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