Jazz Jennings who was male at birth but later identifies as female had this to say life-changing operation which she called “the final step of transitioning.”
“It was like a dream. It was,” Jennings, 18, told Nightline‘s Juju Chang in the sit-down that aired on Monday. “This is a moment that I had always envisioned and just experiencing it was so surreal. I was like I can’t believe this is happening.”
The TLC star also said that the gender confirmation surgery is “the final step of transitioning” “I’ve gone through the whole medical process, and this is really the last thing that will validate my identity as a woman,” Jennings said. “There is nothing else after this. I just get to be myself, be in the body that I’ve always wanted. And then I can live my life as just Jazz.”
She describes the surgery as a dream come true saying,
“There was just an unfortunate event and setback where things did come apart, and there was a complication,” Jennings recalled. “I had to come back in for another procedure, but it was just all part of the journey. The good thing though is that it was only cosmetic and external so it wasn’t too dramatic.”
Jennings had previously confirmed in a YouTube video titled “Preparing For Gender Confirmation Surgery” that her surgery took place on June 26. “I’ve been ready for this my entire life,” she shared.
“That was really, really challenging because I had an addiction to food. And it was something that gave me comfort. And I had to let that go because the surgery is so much more important to me than any slice of cake or pizza,” she said.