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Transgender woman used STANLEY KNIFE in desperate attempt to stop being a man

A transgender woman has told how years of psychological torture led her to try and cut off her penis – with a STANLEY KNIFE.

Nurse Kirsty Cass, born Andy Cass, was lucky to survive her desperate act of self-mutilation after living for years in the wrong body.

Kirsty, now 53 and living in Crawley, West Sussex, is writing a novel to tell all about her struggle with gender dysphoria.

Kirsty Cass was born a man.(Andy) at her home in Sussex. Throughout her childhood, teenage years and adult life she knew she was living a lie. Re, A  transgender woman has told how years of psychological torture led her to try and cut off her penis à with a STANLEY KNIFE. See SWNS story SWKNIFE.  Nurse Kirsty Cass, born Andy Cass, was lucky to survive her desperate act of self-mutilation after living for years in the wrong body. Mum-of-one Kirsty, now 53 and living in Crawley, south London, is writing a novel to tell all about her struggle with gender dysphoria. After a failed marriage she spiralled into depression and in 2009 tried to dismember herself and nearly bled to death.

Kirsty was born a man

After a failed marriage she spiralled into depression and in 2009 tried to dismember herself and nearly bled to death.

Kirsty, who has a child with her ex-wife, said: “I was sitting at my computer desk one night and I had been drinking quite heavily as usual.

“I looked down at my penis and thought ‘that shouldn’t be there’, that’s foreign, it doesn’t belong to me. I had a tool box in the cupboard and got a Stanley knife out.

“I’ve never experienced pain like it. But that was the turning point.”

“A doctor later told me if I had fully severed it, I couldn’t have had the sex change operation, because it is needed during the surgery.”

Kirsty Cass was born a man.(Andy) at her home in Sussex. Throughout her childhood, teenage years and adult life she knew she was living a lie. Re, A  transgender woman has told how years of psychological torture led her to try and cut off her penis à with a STANLEY KNIFE. See SWNS story SWKNIFE.  Nurse Kirsty Cass, born Andy Cass, was lucky to survive her desperate act of self-mutilation after living for years in the wrong body. Mum-of-one Kirsty, now 53 and living in Crawley, south London, is writing a novel to tell all about her struggle with gender dysphoria. After a failed marriage she spiralled into depression and in 2009 tried to dismember herself and nearly bled to death.

Kirsty knew her life as a man was a lie

Kirsty Cass was born a man.(Andy) at her home in Sussex. Throughout her childhood, teenage years and adult life she knew she was living a lie. Re, A  transgender woman has told how years of psychological torture led her to try and cut off her penis à with a STANLEY KNIFE. See SWNS story SWKNIFE.  Nurse Kirsty Cass, born Andy Cass, was lucky to survive her desperate act of self-mutilation after living for years in the wrong body. Mum-of-one Kirsty, now 53 and living in Crawley, south London, is writing a novel to tell all about her struggle with gender dysphoria. After a failed marriage she spiralled into depression and in 2009 tried to dismember herself and nearly bled to death.

After a failed marriage Kirsty fell into depression

After psychiatric assessments Kirsty was diagnosed as having gender dysphoria and in 2013 she was operated on to complete her transformation.

Even from a very young age she felt more comfortable dressing in her mum’s clothes and struggled with her feelings but did marry and have a child.

She finally told her wife the way she feels but their relationship ended amicably and they divorced.

Kirsty said: “I was in a state and I needed help. I had been bottling up those feelings for all those years. I was very lucky I didn’t die.”

Kirsty Cass was born a man.(Andy) at her home in Sussex. Throughout her childhood, teenage years and adult life she knew she was living a lie. Re, A  transgender woman has told how years of psychological torture led her to try and cut off her penis à with a STANLEY KNIFE. See SWNS story SWKNIFE.  Nurse Kirsty Cass, born Andy Cass, was lucky to survive her desperate act of self-mutilation after living for years in the wrong body. Mum-of-one Kirsty, now 53 and living in Crawley, south London, is writing a novel to tell all about her struggle with gender dysphoria. After a failed marriage she spiralled into depression and in 2009 tried to dismember herself and nearly bled to death.

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