Woman who had breasts cut off, took hormones to live as ‘male’ now regrets ‘huge mistake’ by Dorothy Cummings McLean for Life Site News
HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, England, November 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A British woman says that her seventeen-year attempt to live as a male, which included being injected by hormones, having her breasts cut off, and having a fake male reproductive organ attached to her, was a “huge mistake” that she now deeply regrets.
Debbie Karemer, 61, was in the spotlight this week as she broke a new taboo: publicly admitting to “detransitioning” from so-called sex-change therapies (see photos here).
“I’m a woman,” she said. “I’m not meant to be a bloke. I’m trapped. I feel completely mutilated. It’s a complete mess ― where do you even start? I just regret the decision.”
Karemer now believes that the self-hatred she suffered almost all her life was a side-effect of being sexually abused by her own father when she was a teenager. But in 2002 she saw a daytime television talk show episode about transgender people, and was suddenly convinced that her problem was that she was in the wrong body. She was 44.
“I had spent years feeling I couldn’t live in my own body and hating every single moment,” she told British media.
“’Suddenly I saw the answer on ‘Kilroy’. It felt like the only answer. It felt like the only way forward.”
Karemer, who has been married to a man since 1997, began to research transgenderism online and found a support group for women who identified as “transgender men” in London. Later that week she got an appointment with a private psychiatrist and, she told BBC Radio’s “File on 4”, was given a testosterone injection at her first appointment.
The woman’s journey towards what she thought would be manhood was swift. Three months after she began her testosterone injections, she had her breasts surgically removed and legally changed her name to Lee Harries. She paid for the double mastectomy herself (£3,500), but all subsequent mutilations were paid for by the tax-payer funded National Health Service, even though they were done in private clinics.