- Dani Stewart began her transition to living publicly as a woman in 2015
- The CNN news editor had lived nearly 50 years wearing "the mask of masculinity"
- Revealing her transition to family and colleagues weighed heavily on Stewart
First Person is a series of personal essays exploring identity and personal points of view that shape who we are. The latest contributor is Dani Stewart, a CNN news editor.
(CNN)It was September 2015 and I was about to tell my co-workers something huge. I was filled with tremendous anxiety, as I had been before telling my sister, my dad and my kids. "Where do I start? What do I say first? What will they think it means for them?" Questions so loud in my head, I had trouble walking, focusing on sounds and things around me.