"Releasing this butterfly from her chrysalis"

About: Specialist services / Gender Identity Service (GIS)

(as the patient),

This place and it’s wonderful staff, especially Alex and Sarah, have saved my life. They are all so kind and caring although they are under the most incredible strain. I knew what I needed when I first went there 59 years after I knew I’d been “baked in the wrong oven”. From thinking nothing could help me. That I was too old, could never afford it....our amazing NHS came through. Gender dysphoria, may no longer be classed as a mental health condition. It is however a neuro diverse condition and can have very serious mental health impact. This is how they have rescued me at Porterbrook. They believed in me and are releasing this butterfly from her chrysalis..... now for the final phase, a surgeon called James to ( and no apologies for the pun) give me a hole...to make me whole. 

Responses

Response from Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your experiences, it is really encouraging to hear that you have found the service and staff to be kind and caring and that they believed in you. I will ensure to share this with the staff mentioned, and all the others in the team, I know it's a real boost for them to hear how appreciated they are.

It is also great for others accessing, or thinking about accessing, our service to be able to read about your positive journey and that it is never too late to reach out.

I wish you all the best for your future,

Katie Roe

Business and Performance Manager for Gender Identity Clinic

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