Help Me Get Something Off My Chest

$875 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 22 months
My entire life I have never felt comfortable in my own body, but never really understood why. When my partner became pregnant, people would ask me what the baby was going to call me and I thought a lot about that question for a year. I came to the conclusion that I wanted my child to call me daddy. It felt right and made me feel happy. After having that realization 3 years ago, I came out as trans and started my transition.

It has been a long journey of self discovery and learning to love myself along the way. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what steps I need to take in order to feel more comfortable in my own body. It is important to understand that transitioning is different for every trans and non binary person, but for me specifically my chest has caused the most dysphoria. When I started hormone replacement therapy my mental health and self confidence improved drastically, but dysphoria still gets the best of me because of my chest. Top surgery is the next big step in my transition and is a procedure that will definitely improve my life in many ways.

The entire process of transitioning could be really expensive, and for most of my transition I have been without insurance and payed out of pocket for my doctor visits and prescriptions every month. Since I’ve had these extra expenses on top of regular living expenses including raising a child, saving for surgery was never really an option for me, and was not really something that I saw happening in the near future. About a year ago, I decided to make some life changes and came to work for Andytown. I now have insurance which makes transitioning much more affordable. Even with insurance I still need to save up enough money for co payments and recovery, which would mean taking an entire month off of work. Andytown recently reached out to me and asked if they could help me raise funds for top surgery.

I’m so grateful for Andytown and all of the love and support that I receive from them. It would mean the world to me to also have support from people in our community. This is a life changing surgery that will help me feel comfortable in my own body for the first time in my life, and I’m closer than I thought I’d ever be. Every step closer to surgery gets me really excited and happy for the future! I really appreciate the support from Andytown and anyone else who is willing to support me.

Funds that exceed my goal will be held onto during recovery in case of any complications and unforeseen medical expenses. After I have recovered I have chosen to donate any left over funds to support long term housing for migrants that are currently in Tijuana trying to seek asylum. I have chosen to donate any left over funds to this cause because I am currently involved with organizing to support the caravan and it is something that I am already raising funds for.

Thank you and I appreciate everyone who donates or shares this <3
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$875 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 21 people in 22 months
Created May 5, 2017
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Jenny Richardson
17 hours ago

Xander, thank you for always making our days a little brighter when we lived around the corner from Andytown. Wishing you nothing but the best in this next chapter of your life! Jenny, Erik, and Lina

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