I love: hot sauce, baked goods, books and conspiracies. I enjoy comparing my life to video gaming sequences from the 90's, quoting The Office in everyday conversation and trying to track cold cases. I sing "Africa" by Toto at the top of my lungs and will defend the existence of the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot until the end of time (peep that Tupac reference).
I am originally from New Jersey but moved to Seattle, Washington in 2015 to begin my medical transition. I underwent a double mastectomy (more commonly known as top surgery) in April 2015 and had a total laparoscopic hysterectomy on Election Day in November 2016. I suffered significant complications at the hands of an inexperienced Seattle surgeon, prompting me to begin writing and sharing more of my experiences. I had stage one phalloplasty in April 2017 with Dr. Mang Chen in San Francisco, CA.
After phalloplasty, the complications I faced could not be treated in Seattle due to the lack of knowledge and education of the doctors. Therefore, I had to relocate to California for 10+ procedures and surgeries. Since then, I've been sharing my experience and working to build some much needed resources for the trans* community.
I have a BA in Sociology and Social Work with over 8 years experience in the field. I have previously worked with high-risk youth in Trenton, NJ as a mentor and counselor. My roles included teaching communication and coping skills, leading a middle school mentoring program, and teaching entrepreneurship. I also worked both one on one as a caretaker and in group settings as a counselor for children with Autism and Aspergers. I've worked with both young children, teenagers, young adults and their parents. My previous jobs required me to communicate and work directly with parents as well as their children. These experiences provided me with the unique skills of working with family units and their dynamics, a delicate balance.
I also host a podcast called Transitional Wisdom.