Save a Trans Girl's Life: Jill's Surgery

 
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Hello internet. I've never asked you for much, aside from the occasional cute puppy video, but today I have to ask you for something big. Something life-changing. Something life-savi... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Jill Seale 14 days ago

Hi all! I'm sorry I've been so quiet, I've been battling a bout of homelessness the last 4 months or so, but I wanted to give you an update:

So, I've got all the paperwork in and my insurance pre-authorization process is underway. I may still need to appeal if they decide that they don't want to pay for what they said they would. This is, unfortunately, a very common occurrence with gender confirmation surgery. I really hope I have enough time to appeal before July 8th...

Anyway, so yeah, I've got the money I need to hand to Dr. B0wers in my savings account where I can't touch it, so at the bare minimum surgery will happen on July 8th!!!!! Thank you all so much for making this happen for me.

However, there is still the matter of money I need to live on while I'm on my back in bed recovering from surgery. It can take up to 3 months to recover enough to resume normal activity, and that's 3 months I'll need money to survive!

So with that being said, I will ask again that you give what you can, and for the love of Pete, SIGNAL BOOST THIS FUND! It helps more than you can imagine!

I love all of you, you're awesome!

-Jill

 
 
 

Updated posted by Jill Seale 3 months ago

Hi friends!

Just wanted to drop a line to let you all know that I'm still alive, kicking, and raising funds for this surgery.

I've been having a pretty rough time since I last updated. I went to visit my family in Mississippi (which went relatively well) but while I was there my stepdad was just gearing up for surgery of his own (on his back). He had a very rough recovery, and I spent the majority of my visit with my mom at his bedside. Needless to say, the knowledge of my own upcoming surgery made this an extra-stressful experience.

I've had a lot of butterflies about this surgery since then, and at times I've even thought, "there's no way I can do this, it's too scary!" But I've thought about it a lot and I realize that the alternative (living for the rest of my life in my body as it is now) is not a plausible option. It's just not something I can do.

So now, as we reach the 6-month-til-surgery mark, I'm digging deep for all the courage I can muster to get this surgery out of the way so I can start living my life. That being said, I still need help from everyone to finish funding this so all this courage doesn't go to waste.

If you've already donated, please consider donating again. If you can't contribute financially, please consider getting the word out any way you can: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, shouting from open windows, whatever! Everything helps!

Thank you so much for what you've already given me. It's not just money. It's hope.

Thank you.

 
 
 

Updated posted by Jill Seale 4 months ago

Hey everyone! It's my birthday, and the only present I want, the only thing that's important enough to ask anyone for, is to help me get this fund circulating again. Please share, retweet, blog, throw paper airplanes, shout from windows, whatever! Get the word out there for me that Jill needs to get this surgery done so she can turn this chapter in her life and get on with other stuff... like getting geared up for school again!

Thanks! Love you all!

 

1 year Before and After!

 
 
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Created by Jill Seale on April 7, 2013

Hello internet. I've never asked you for much, aside from the occasional cute puppy video, but today I have to ask you for something big.

Something life-changing.

Something life-saving.

I need you to help fund my Gender Confirmation Surgery.




My name's Jill. I'm a college student at Portland State University, I work at a call center, and I'm a navy veteran. My dream is to become a counselor for gender-variant youth. Ever since I was a young child, growing up in Mississippi, I could tell I was different. It wasn't that I talked different from boys. It wasn't that I acted any different. I didn't. When you're growing up in an atmosphere where any deviation from the norm is swiftly (and in most cases, publicly) snuffed out, you learn real quick to know your place and stay there.

I knew my place so well that it wasn't until my 25th year on this planet, after I had tried everything I could to run away from it (including joining the United States Navy), that I began to confront my gender. After a year of therapy and an extended period of severe depression with thoughts of harming myself daily, I gave in and took the first steps toward becoming a whole person. Steps toward womanhood.

That was over a year ago, and today the woman you see before you is far, far stronger. Stronger for standing up and telling my friends, my family, and the world “I don't care what you think I am. I am a woman.” Stronger for losing a fair deal of those friends and family members, including my father who will barely speak to me. Stronger for making that leap of faith every morning that when I walk out my front door the world will take me seriously as a woman.



And I came out the other side. A year on hormones and I am happier, more well adjusted, and (if I may say so) much prettier. There's just one more thing I need to be a whole person.

I need a vagina.

It doesn't get any plainer than that. The reproductive organs I have right now are a constant source of stress in my life. There is not a single aspect of my life that isn't affected by it.

The way I dress: I want to wear leggings as pants! I want to wear tight skirts without worry! I want to swim again! I can't even swim!

My sex life: As you can imagine, being a girl with this kind of hardware is frustrating. It is especially so for me, because after a year of hormones suppressing the spontaneous erections that keep your junk healthy, when I do get erect it is really, REALLY painful. TMI, I know, but it sucks. Help, please?

My safety: All women have good reason to be afraid when they walk alone at night. That's no joke. Trans women have even more to fear. 1 in 12 trans women are murdered in their lifetime. When I walk alone at night (which is freaking never if I can help it) I'm worrying about being read as trans and killed. I'm worried about being read as a woman by a rapist and murdered when they see my genitals. When I go on a date, I always tell the person I'm dating beforehand that I'm transgender, because I don't want him to flip out and hurt me. This surgery would greatly improving my chances to be one of the 11 trans women who lives.





What do you need $6000 for?!
$6000 is my estimate for how much vaginoplasty is going to cost me. I have health insurance from my work that covers 80% of the operation after $1,250 deductible. I've already put down $500 with Dr. Marcy Bowers, who is VERY respected in her field for doing incredible work and producing vaginas for trans women that are every bit as sensate, functional, and pleasing to the eye as any woman born with one. I won't get into the details of how this is done because I'm squeamish, but there's about a six week recovery period afterwards. I have wonderful people in the San Francisco people who are willing to put up with me while I get better, so I'm good on that front. The money I receive from this crowdfund will go toward the money I'll have to pay Dr. Bowers as well as travel expenses from Portland to Los Angeles (I'll be driving) and the various expenses for supplies and such I'll need for recovery.

What do I get?
Besides the knowledge that you literally made my life? Check out the rewards above!

So, that's it. I really hope this fund goes successfully. My date with Dr. Bowers is Summer 2014, and I need to have the money by then, otherwise I have to cancel, possibly forfeiting my $500 deposit...

But that's not going to happen, because this is going to get funded! I know you'll help me, internet! Won't you?

 
 
 
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@Jane Eden and @Jill Sealed Ummmmm.. Exchange contact info and meet up? That's the most direct way to get a donation to the correct recipient. Just saying

posted by Joel Smith 10 days ago

Honestly, I have no idea... If anyone has suggestions feel free...

posted by Jill Seale 13 days ago

Is there any way to donate without a credit card? I live in Portland too... I'm on a pretty tight budget too but I'd like to give what I can.

posted by Jane Eden 13 days ago

I'm a friend of Evanna's if you give her your address to give to me I'll send you some stamps to help with that postage. I'm so happy to help with your journey.

posted by Katie Sessler 5 months ago

We were only able to pitch in a few bucks, but I'm signal-boosting as best I can. I think this whole thing is kind of awesome, and I hope it works out. :)

posted by Patrick Harris 5 months ago

I'm on disability welfare so can't afford to donate even $5 right now, especially with the holidays coming up and family to help out and bills to pay - sorry - but I am definitely going to signal-boost for you on Facebook and Twitter, and I hope you get the money you need to complete your transition to your own satisfaction. And if you're still trying to raise the cash by January, by then I might be able to help a little more. I hope I can. And hey, you're right - you ARE pretty. I would so flirt with you if we were in the same country. ;D

posted by Trialia Hall 5 months ago

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Good luck and all the best!

 

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Jill, thank you for sharing your story and expressing this need to the community. I am giving $50 today. I see that amount so close to the goal; I will hold you in my thoughts and hope on this fund until this goal manifests. Warm wishes -Mariah.

 

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I know how important and life-saving surgery can be! I'm excited for you to feel as happy and powerful as I did after mine!

 

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Excellent fundraising!! So excited for you to reach your goal

 

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