A former gun-toting U.S. Marine who weighed 240lbs and drove a muscle car has revealed how she had a sex change to become a woman after admitting she had been running from her real identity.
Sona Avedian, 33, said she had been suppressing her true self by seizing on dangerous deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a way of ‘overcompensating’.
Ms Avedian, previously Matthew, even married and fathered a child before coming to terms with her identity in 2012 and undergoing a huge transformation.
She lost almost 100lbs of her body weight, shaved and lasered away her facial hair and had breast surgery, in the process became almost unrecognizable.
Despite having achieved what she calls ‘The American Dream’ – a well-paid job, a Trans Am sports car, a pick-up truck, a wife and an adorable child – Ms Avedian said her former life made her ‘depressed’ and couldn’t fill a ‘void’ created by her longing to be a woman.
Looking back, she says her six tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, as a Marine and then a military contractors, as well as a stint in Japan, were only ways of hiding from her troubled identity in Detroit, Michigan.