Elderly transgender patient Walt Heyer has begun to try to warn others who are contemplating a sex change. Heyer has undergone full surgery to remove his external genitals as well as remedy internal complications. Heyer has been on a strict hormonal plan that was going to transition his internal biology to allow him to feel like a woman. Heyer has expressed his torture as the post-operation lifestyle has crippled his identity.
Walter Heyer underwent world renowned sexual orientation surgery in Trinidad, Colorado. This city has been known more recently as the “Sex Change Capital of the World,” due to the high volume of sex change surgeons. The post operation dialysis has become a torture to many transsexuals who come to regret their massive investment. So much pain goes along with dialysis centers and the procedures that Heyer has tried to reach out to the community to warn others, especially children, of the trials ahead.
Transsexualism has seemed to be rising as of the past five years as media outlet after media outlet displays blatant transsexuals. It is all over the internet culture as well as in movies and television. It is easy to imagine why so many could be so confused both emotionally and physically as 40% of trans individuals attempt suicide at some point in their life, compared to 4.6% of the general population. This number is not only staggeringly high, it is ignored by so many in Western media and entertainment.
The trans identity controversy has been thrown around in recent debates as Trump’s recent military ban was put into place. Many top military officials expressed concern over the cost and performance of many in the services who identify and undergo surgery. They are unable to move most days and are bedridden, therefore it’s unlikely they would see deployment. They have also known to show extreme mood swings and depression rates that disqualify many from service eligibility. The ban was announced on Twitter which drew attention for days because of the shock and awe factor that the President likes to use with big news.
Heyer has admitted that the idea of switching genders physically is not possible. Heyer along with other trans individuals have began to spread their message to anyone who is thinking about the operation. One of the greatest examples of a trans individual’s struggle to cope with the aftermath and post operation complications is when an online user’s post history showed their excitement before the surgery.
The individual’s posts showed their excitement before their operation as well as their spiral downwards following the procedure. The dialysis treatments and wound infestations begin to consume their life as they are in constant pain from the procedure.
Medical bills begin to pile as the top notch doctors seem to busy to take calls unless another surgery is presented. The costs and the reward make it easy for people like Heyer to do what they can and warn others who are in serious trouble of making a bad decision. Heyer states affirmatively that the hormonal treatment just does not work as the mood swings and bouts of suicidal depression consumes their daily routines.
Heyer has joined with other outspoken activists who share their stories of post operation life, individuals like author Rene Jax. Jax wrote “DON’T Get on The Plane!” in 2016, a book that chronicled Jax’s struggle and conclusion that “gender change surgery was a destructive body mutilation and a waste of time and money; after the medically-certified gender change, life didn’t improve.”
The struggle comes down to genetics as the hormonal therapy and physical treatments can not change a person’s gender. Many trans individuals have taken it upon themselves to have people stop and think about their consequences before they make a life changing decision. Many come to the realization after the fact that they are not trans individuals but suffer from a disease called gender dysphoria where the individual has a feeling of unease with one’s gender.
They want to spread their message far and wide and especially to children who have begun to suffer from parental abuse and sexual exploitation. Heyer notes that, “For children, the focus on encouraging, assisting, and affirming them toward changing genders at earlier and earlier ages, with no research showing the outcomes, may lead to more suicides.”
These starling outcomes for those who were determined to change their sex should have many reconsidering the outcomes of their decisions.