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New book tells extraordinary tale of sex change nurse

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A 76-year-old ex-soldier who underwent a sex change operation before becoming a nurse has had her life story published.

Miranda Ponsonby’s remarkable story follows her journey from mixing with royalty as a son of one of the UK’s oldest familes, to being female nurse of 20 years’ standing - via a stint in the military, a marriage, and fathering two sons.

Despite being up against social prejudices from colleagues, friends and her own family, Miranda went on to become a highly regarded nurse who has not missed a single shift in two decades of nursing.

The book describes how a lifetime of gender identity frustration was finally resolved, and the huge challenges she has had to through as a result.

Extract from The Making of Miranda:

“I felt an overwhelming sense of a new dawn breaking for me. The burden of the years fell away. I felt an irresistible urge to set out on one last great adventure. It was no time for caution. At long last I was going to be true to myself before it was too late. My whole life had been lived under the great handicap of my gender identity. It seemed to me from my first memories that I was female. The fact that I was born with what I thought was a partially a female body had dictated the life that I had led. I had tried so hard to make a success of that life. I had confided in no one. It was not so easy to share innermost secrets in the era I was brought up in. One was expected to keep emotions to oneself.”



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