A Colorado man got the surprise of his life after being admitted to the hospital for a kidney stone. A nurse told him the results from his ultrasound test, and it showed that he had internal female sex organs, ABC News reports.
What did that mean? No, not that he was a woman. Steve Crecelius was actually "intersex," someone born with both external genitals and internal sex organs. Until recently, people with the condition used to be called "hermaphrodites." An intersex person cannot be technically defined as either a man or a woman.
For Crecelius, who now goes by "Stevie," the news he got five years ago in the emergency room may have been surprising, yes, but not as much as you might think. Mostly it was "very liberating," he says, because it validated feelings he'd had all his life about who he was a person. Ever since he was a child, Crecelius felt different: secretly trying on his mother's clothes and makeup, being told he walked "like a queer," and generally hiding feminine feelings he says he started having when he was six years old.
What Crecelius was most worried about was how his wife of 25 years, Debbie, and his six kids would react. The real surprise, and blessing, was that they all accepted him right away. Within just a few minutes of being told, his children told him they still loved him as their dad. Debbie, in a true demonstration of unconditional love, decided to stay with Stevie, who now dresses as a woman and takes hormones. Though Debbie "lost" a husband, clearly the couple's marital bond goes way beyond typical gender roles. How many other intersex people are lucky enough to receive such acceptance and understanding from their families?
And who knew having a simple kidney stone could turn out to be such a defining moment in someone's life?