This week marks six months since top surgery! Upon waking each morning, I am aware of how different my life is as a result of this step. For me, some of the most noticeable changes were psychological. When I began to align my inner sense of self and physical appearance, I noticed a newfound confidence in simply being me. Prior to surgery, I was regularly caught in a cycle of trying to find a pre-existing label and pathway that fit my experience. I could not escape concerns about how I would explain this to others. Since surgery, much of this distress has settled and I have a new sense of pride in my chosen gender journey, for it is uniquely and solely mine...and there may never be a label that feels as if reflects my experience. When others cringe at my freedom lines, I smile and stand taller!