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In an interview earlier this year, Keira told the Daily Mail what happened to her to highlight her plight and serve as a warning to others.

Keira was raised in Hertfordshire with two younger sisters by her single mother as their parents divorced. Her father, who served in the U.S. military in the UK and has since settled here, lived a few miles away.

She was always a tomboy, she said. She did not like to wear skirts and can still remember two times when her family forced her to go out in a dress.

She told the Daily Mail, “When I was 14, my mother asked me a question if I was such a tomboy. She asked me if I was a lesbian so I said no. She asked me if I wanted to be a boy and I said no too. & # 39;

But the question made Keira think that she might be what was then called transsexual and is now known as transgender.

"The idea was disgusting to me," she tells me. “Wanting to change gender was not as glorified as it is now. It was still relatively unknown. But the idea stuck in my mind and didn't go away. & # 39;

Keira's path to the invasive treatment she accuses of ruining her life began after she persistently started playing truc in school. Oddly enough, she insisted on wearing pants – most of the schoolgirls chose skirts – and rarely had friends of either sex.

When she repeatedly refused to show up in class because of bullying, she was referred to a therapist.

She told him about her thoughts on wanting to be a boy.

Very soon she was referred to her local doctor, who in turn sent her to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Service (CAMHS) near her home. From there she was treated in the Tavistock because she believed she was born in the wrong body

Keira had entered puberty and her period had started. & # 39; The Tavistock gave me hormone blockers to stop my female development. It was like turning off a tap, ”she says.

“I had symptoms similar to those of menopause, when a woman's hormones dropped. I had hot flashes, I found it difficult to sleep, my sex drive disappeared. I was given calcium tablets because my bones were weak. & # 39;

Keira claims that she was not warned of the terrible symptoms by the Tavistock therapists.

Her breasts, which she tied with a towel she bought from a transgender website, did not immediately go away. "I was in nowhere," she says.

But she went back to the Tavistock, where tests were done to see if she was ready for the next level of treatment after almost a year on blockers.

A few months later, she noticed the first coarse hair on her chin. Something finally happened. Keira was satisfied.

She was referred to the Gender Identity Clinic in West London, which treats adults planning to change sex.

After receiving two "opinions" from experts there, she was taken to a hospital in Brighton, East Sussex, for a double mastectomy at the age of 20.

By now she had a full beard, her sex drive returned and her voice was deep.

After her breasts were removed, she began to have doubts about becoming a boy.

Despite her doubts, she carried on. She changed her name and gender on her driver's license and birth certificate, and named herself Quincy (after the musician Quincy Jones) because she liked the sound of it. She also changed her name through charter polls and received a government-authorized certificate of gender recognition, which officially made her male.

In January of last year, shortly after her 22nd birthday, she had her last testosterone injection.

But after years of having hormones pumped into your body, the clock isn't easy to turn back. It is true that her periods were returning and she slowly began to regain a more feminine figure around her hips. Still, her beard grows.

"I don't know if I'll ever really look like a woman again," she said. "I feel like a guinea pig in the Tavistock, and I don't think anyone knows what will happen to my body in the future."

The question of whether she can have children is also doubtful.

She has started buying women's clothes and using women's toilets again, but says, “I worry every time women think I'm a man. I'm getting nervous. I have short hair, but I grow it and maybe that makes a difference. & # 39;

According to the law, she is male and faces the bureaucratic nightmare of changing official records again to say she is female.

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