I am certain that if I can do it then so can you because I came from so far back. My strict religious upbringing and conservative nature made things very hard for me and yet I needed to persevere because I was slowly sinking and eventually hit a massive crisis by my mid 40's. That event finally forced me to come terms with who I had always been and accept instincts which were different and which were steeped in being drawn to embodying another gender; something which I had repeatedly tried to suppress and ignore while growing up because I thought I was supposed to.
I ultimately realized that these instincts were never going to change and I needed to accept myself exactly as I was. Being trans is not an easy road to begin with, but it is made considerably more rocky in the absence of self-acceptance.