I don’t know that anyone ever fooled me. I mean, I did misunderstand the definition of transgender/transsexual, but I knew I was “something” different from most people, and I knew what I wanted. I knew I wanted a female body, and to live as a female. I also knew that (as a kid) coming out would mean ECT. Another kid at my school endured that, and I didn’t want to be shocked into hiding, I would just hide without the need to be shocked thank you.
i think that child from my school still has a terrible relationship with his family, and resents the heck out of them for what they put him through. But, it was what the psychologist at the time recommended here.