“Two years ago, I had Top Surgery. For those who don’t know what Top Surgery is, it’s where breast tissue is removed to make your chest flatter and more masculine presenting. I never really knew what to expect after having Top Surgery, I knew I would feel so much better but never really knew how it would actually feel. What did euphoria feel like?

I can’t put into words how much it’s saved me, how much confidence I have now. Having breasts held me back so much from so many things I enjoyed – I would never go swimming or be shirtless in the summer. I would not ever feel comfortable being sexual with partners. I hated being naked.

Top surgery really has opened my eyes to so many things. I honestly would not be in the same position in life that I am now if I had not had Top Surgery. I have a beautiful girlfriend who accepts me unconditionally (we met after Top Surgery), I have a career that I would never have dreamt of, being pre op, I now have a future. I am free.

Although I still often feel dysphoria, it’s never based around my chest anymore. It still amazes me that this is my chest. Since surgery I have not once felt dysphoric about my chest, I am in complete love with it.

It still amazes me that I had breasts, whenever I look down at my bare chest, I never picture it with breasts. My scars just represent me, they show me how far I have come in my transition.

I am 100% happy with my chest, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Top Surgery really has given me a second chance at life I will always be grateful for.”

Calling all the patients who had their Top Surgery over a year ago – how has your day-to-day life improved? Share your experience with Nicole at nicole@thelondontransgenderclinic,uk.