7 September 2017
THE VIGILANT COMMUNITY — After taking body-altering estrogen hormones for over two years, a 14-year-old Australian boy realizes that he made a terrible mistake.
At age 12, Patrick Mitchell was diagnosed gender dysphoria by doctors – a condition where a person experiences distress because there is a mismatch between their biological sex and gender identity. He was prescribed estrogen hormones to begin the sex change process. After heeding advice from professionals who suggested that it was the right choice, his mother was fully supportive and Mitchell began to transition.
The process began when Mitchell felt confused about his body and gender while being bullied at school.
Seeing him struggling, mum Alison decided to home school Patrick and broached the subject of transgender with him.
“I’d seen a story on TV about transgender people,” says Alison.
“I said to Patrick, ‘I’m not saying this is you but I think we should speak to somebody about it.’”
“I hadn’t even finished the sentence and he had the biggest smile on his face – I hadn’t seen him smile for months.”
Shortly after, Patrick met with doctors who diagnosed him with gender dysphoria.
After two years of hormones (and growing breasts), Mitchell had a change of heart. […]