A former banker has been disowned by her son after undergoing extreme body modifications to become the world's first 'dragon' person.
Tiamat Legion Medusa, who's from the US, used to be a banker, but one day, in her late 40s, decided she wanted to take a very different path in life.
However, her dreams have had consequences, such as negatively impacting her relationship with her son.
Speaking with Anthony Padilla for his YouTube channel, Tiamat explained how she had '79 piercings' while working as a vice president at one of the largest banks in the nation.
However, Tiamat noted how 'most of them were hidden' and if any were on show, she would take them out 'every day' for work and put them back in once she returned.
Now though, she is 'living [her] life as the freak that [she is]' and is 'proudly a freak'.
Tiamat found out she was HIV positive while working at the bank.
"I went from being an excellent employee at the bank who never missed a day to someone who was missing two or three days a week," she said.
Tiamat left her job and claims she nearly died while receiving treatment as she 'officially had AIDS' at one point.
Thankfully, she reached a stage where she was undetectable and un-transmissible.
However, the experience made Tiamat realise she 'didn't' want to die looking human because being human has been such a negative part of [her] life' and 'wanted to die looking like a reptilian'.
Unfortunately, her road to being happy with the way she looks has come at a cost.
Tiamat explained how she's had people who 'don't know [her]' judge her for her appearance and 'automatically assume' she's 'a loser' or has 'never accomplished anything in life,' or that she's 'ignorant' or 'probably didn't graduate from high school'.
However, the biggest negative impact her body modifications has had is on her relationship with her son.
"At that time when I started my transformation, my son had already turned 16, and he rejected me at that point in my life," she said.
The 'Dragon Lady' opened up about her son hasn't been in her life for seven years, but how she hopes 'he is at least watching [her] on the internet because the reason [she's] out there in such a big way is for him, primarily'.
“So that he can see what his dad’s doing, his weird-looking, strange, used to be a man, is now a woman, is now a reptilian, dad," Tiamat said.
Coming to the end of the interview, Tiamat gave a message to her son.
She said: "I would like to say first of all, ‘Son, I’m sorry for the mistakes that I’ve made in life. I own up to all of them, I don’t make excuses for any of them, but it’s those very mistakes that have made me the awesome person that I am now.
"I’m hoping that you’ll give me the chance at some point in your life, and know that I’m always here waiting with wings open for you'."
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues and want to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Terrance Higgins Trust on 0808 802 1221 for support, advice and information. The line is open 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday. Or email them at [email protected]
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