In our blog, "Meaningful Work & Healthcare: A Supportive Transition" we met Cynthia and learned about her transition journey as well as the support she received while working at Relay. We are happy to update that Cynthia has returned to work after her gender affirmation surgery and took a moment to catch up with us on how she's doing.
HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW THAT YOU’VE COMPLETED SURGERY?
I feel great both physically and emotionally now that I’ve had the surgery. I can identify much more closer to my gender then before the surgery. The only drawback was that I had to sleep on my back for four weeks and I’m a side sleeper.
DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OTHERS WHO MIGHT BE CONSIDERING A SIMILARLY AFFIRMING EXPERIENCE?
Go for your dream no matter what age you are. Look out for yourself. Be who you really are and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m not going to say it will be a smooth road for everyone to transition on. There may be bumps for some, like loss of family and friends for many reasons. I know I’ve felt those bumps, and as hurtful they can be, I have chosen to continue on my journey. Maybe someday those people will overcome their misconception, hatred, or bigotry and accept me for the person who I am.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU LEARNED ABOUT YOURSELF OR YOUR TEAM DURING THIS EXPERIENCE?
I learned even at age 72 that I was able to fulfill my dream and that I have had total acceptance by everyone at Relay.
IS THERE ANYONE YOU ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK YOU SUPPORTED YOU THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE?
I want to thank the management team, my manager Todd Redford, my supervisor Lynette Stewart and all my coworkers.
Thank YOU, Cynthia - for being a valuable part of our team and for sharing your journey with us.