A former US marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan has shared her transition online to inspire other transgender women.
Sona Avedian, 33, said she always identified as a girl but decided to bury her true identity in exchange for a ‘normal life.’
‘At the age of seven, my mom caught me cross dressing,’ she says in a video she made to chronicle her transition.
‘Devastated and ashamed, it turned into my deepest, darkest secret for 23 years.’
Ashamed, Avedian says she ‘hid behind the mask of a US Marine’ and ‘overcompensated’ by growing a beard, driving fast cars and bulking up to 238lbs.
She married a woman and they had a daughter together, but she became exhausted of hiding behind her deployments.
Then on 14 November 2012, Avedian came out as transgender.
‘It wasn’t easy, but she finally woke up, it was amazing,’ she says.
Avedian lost 70lbs after she started cycling again and cut out junk food, and eventually began hormones and underwent surgery.
Now in ‘full bloom’, Avedian says she has ‘zero’ regrets.
‘It’s about being you, no matter what society thinks!’ she says. ‘And that is beautiful!’
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