Over the last year, reality TV star and transgender activist Jazz Jennings did everything she needed to do in order to become a candidate for gender reassignment surgery.
The 17-year-old found a surgeon willing to do the type of surgery she wanted, was approved by multiple psychologists, and lost the 30 pounds she was required to lose.
Jennings revealed in a recent YouTube video that she scheduled her surgery for June 26. This surgery, she said, is something she has been waiting for her entire life; she was “speechless” that the day was almost here:
“Even at like age three years old, I knew. My therapist put up two dolls. It was a doll of a boy with a penis and a doll of a girl with a vagina and she’s like, ‘Which one do you have now?’ And I pointed to the one with a penis. She was like, ‘Which one do you want now?’ Guess which one I pointed to, vagina. And guess what now I’m getting a vagina. It’s all happening, it’s all real.”
On the night before her surgery, Jennings took to Instagram to share one final pre-reassignment photo:
Her simple caption revealed that a change was coming. She wrote:
Thousands of her followers commented on the post, wishing her luck:
Good luck today with your surgery. All the best. Heal fast. Cant wait to see the next season you’re a very strong woman an inspiration to all. Hugs.
Hope your surgery goes well and you have a fast recovery! Love you.
Is today the day? Sending love. So impressed with what an amazing young lady you are from such a very young age.
Good luck and I will pray for a successful surgery and good pain control.
Today is the day? I’ll be sending all my positive vibes to you. I’m not even worried a little bit because you have a wonderful surgeon and the best family ever to help you recover.
Good luck!! Today’s the day! Keeping positive vibes for you. Hope all goes well and you will finally have the body you have always dreamed of.
Knowing that today will be amazing!!!!! So happy for you!
The teen previously admitted that her concern going into the surgery was that the procedure is still considered “experimental,” but she wasn’t going to spend her time focusing on what could go wrong.
Jennings shared a selfie on her backup Instagram account, just before her surgery was set to take place:
The teen had a big smile on her face and captioned the photo, “Here we go.”