The incredible story behind these two faces

Brooke Rolfe
News Reporter

Three years ago, Samantha took the first of many headshots that would document an incredible physical transformation.

In four-month increments, the mum-of-four from Phoenix, in the US state of Arizona, photographed her face to track her “marathon” transition from living as a man, to a woman.

Samantha has been married to her wife Laura for 13 years, and the couple share four children - all boys on the autism spectrum.

While living as a man, Samantha had been secretly battling with crippling gender dysmorphia and struggled with her self image.

After revealing her internal battle and gaining the support of Laura, who she married in 2006, Samantha set about beginning Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).

Samantha shown in nine photos taken four months apart after beginning Hormone Replacement Therapy. Source: Instagram/SuddenlySamantha

Slowly but surely, her face took on incredible changes and traces of her life as a male begun to fade.

In a post to her Instagram page, Suddenly Samantha, she shared a graphic that compiled nine photos from the beginning of her transition to the end.

“Transition is a marathon run in slow motion. I remember taking my first dose of HRT, and immediately thinking - now what?,” she wrote in the post.

“Turns out this process is about 99.9% waiting. That said, the rest of the time isn’t wasted.”

While waiting, she said she she put time into therapy, meditation, friends and relationships.

“It’s incredible how the changes still are happening at almost three years on HRT.”

In a previous post, Samantha wrote about how the year prior to her transition was “terrible” - she was “so depressed, so broken, and so scared”.

“I wouldn’t wish the throes of dysphoria on my worst enemy. Finding the way wasn’t always easy, and the gains were sometimes met with loss, but nothing can take away the joy of being who I was always meant to be,” she said.

Through sharing candid experiences from her own journey, Samantha has gained more than 58,000 followers on Instagram, and over 13,000 followers on Facebook.

She explained in one post how life as a male was “good”, but it was like “having to live in a body that wasn’t mine”.

“It was just tragically sad and broken right below the surface.”

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