Gender Dysphoria “Feels Like”

When Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero announced plans to perform the worlds first live head transplant on a human patient, one of the hurdles the medical community was concerned about wasn’t the surgery, but the recovery.

Dr. Hunt Batjer, president elect of the American Association for Neurological Surgeons, is very worried about the operation, stating, “I would not wish this on anyone. I would not allow anyone to do it to me as there are a lot of things worse than death.”

The fear is that once all of the difficult pathways are connected, such as the spinal cord and jugular vein, that the head will experience different chemistry than the body, which will descend the mind into insanity.

Even today, people still ask me if I can describe what gender dysphoria “feels likes”. I imagine it is a lot like what is described above.

As our brain develops separately from our genitalia, we come into awareness knowing the sensory feedback is wrong. We are missing organs that our brain knows should be there. We are running on a fuel that our brain knows is wrong.

As children we do not understand this undefinable dysphoria. We know something is wrong and few will listen. When we finally do come to the awareness of what is happening, we must witness our bodies betray us as we hit puberty and the poison running through our veins further changes us into something we are not.

It really is a wonder we do not go insane.

Dysphoria is very real.

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