For months, Bill Rohr kept three clocks running on his iPad. One counted down the days to his retirement as a surgeon: Dec. 31, 2015. Another counted up the days since he and his wife, Linda, married: June 15, 1968.
The third clock, the most recent addition and the one that most occupied Rohr’s thoughts, showed the days until his Feb. 17, 2016, surgery at Mills-Peninsula Medical Center south of San Francisco.
At age 70, Bill would become Kate.
It was an operation he’d long ago dismissed as unattainable – but one Linda said he deserved to have. She’d traveled the arc of his life, supportive even after his bombshell confession.
It’s a shame that she had to wait so long.
I’m so glad that her family were all so supportive.
It is, but at the same time, I am so glad she was finally able to realize herself, and to have her family all the way with her. It’s a good story in the midst of all the hate and bigotry.
cicely (#1) --
I didn’t start until a year ago, in my late 40s. Trust me, it’s always better, not “better late than never”.
That was definitely the cheer filled sense you got from Kate Rohr. While it is much easier now, it’s still no simple thing for a person to transition, there’s a long way to go yet.
Some years ago, I watched a documentary about Kate’s surgeon, Marci Bowers. She’s a pioneer of vaginal surgery, in both transition surgery and restoring victims of FGM, as well as being a trans woman herself.