At 81, Woman Had A Gender Change Surgery And Started Living Her Life To The Fullest

Date September 6, 2018

Feeling of being born in the wrong body is, probably, one of the worst things that can happen to a person. Ruth Rose knows this feeling firsthand. Ruth decided to overcome a gender change surgery at the age of 81. She said it was the best decision in her life.

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A woman born in a male body

Ruth Rose (born James) always felt she did not belong in her own body. The first understanding of her real nature came to Ruth at the age of 9. At that time, she first felt she was more like a girl than a boy.

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But it’s not always easy to reveal one's gender identity to your family and friends, due to the fear of making people disappointed or ashamed of him/her.

Ruth got married, but then, she filed for divorce. She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren. Some people may say that her life was complete, so why change anything. But Ruth wanted changes.

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Gender transition at 81

Ruth started female hormone therapy at 77. The final stage of her transformation – removal of the male sex organs – happened at 81. Ruth is the oldest person in Britain to make gender transition surgery.

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At first, Rose thought she was too old to make such a drastic change, but realized it was something she really wanted to do. She explained the surgeons wouldn’t have done it if they didn’t think she could go through it.

Ruth has never regretted her decision. She said:

I’m now fully equipped. I always felt like a woman. I’m enjoying the fact that I have made the transition. Not a day had gone by since I was nine, when I didn’t think I was in the wrong body.

Speaking of her emotional changes, Ruth explained the transition has changed her attitude towards life and towards her emotions, “which is so nice.

Ruth hopes her experience will help other people reveal their gender identity. After living in the wrong body for so many years, Ruth is finally satisfied with her life.

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