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Help Erin afford GRS! (please?)

$3,138 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 61 people in 6 months
Created July 16, 2018
Heya guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! I'm Erin, but you probably figured that out based on the title. Anyway! I'm doing a GoFundMe to help pay for some very important, very affirming surgery. Read through and see if you want to support me?

Before we go into the whole pitch....thing, let me ask you a question. Have you ever owned a pair of clothes that just didn't fit right? It pinched in places and was baggy in others and you just felt uncomfortable the whole time you were wearing it? Yeah, I have that too. The problem is, it's my body. My skin. Genetics gave me this extra attachment that I didn't ask for or particularly want, and it's caused me no end of frustration, especially in the past couple of years.

I'm a trans woman. I have a penis. I would like to correct that second part. The problem is, I don't have a Scrooge McDuck vault of gold coins that I can swim in and use to fix my problems. That's where this fundraiser comes in!

I've got insurance, but the odds of them covering much of this are slim, as I still live in Louisiana and the south isn't super up to date with things, or overly supportive of trans rights and needs by and large. I'm still going to push as hard as I can on the insurance front, but I'll be out of commission for at least a month, and will need to fly back and forth for checkups and pay for a place to stay for the week I'm in Texas in recovery and all of the incidentally related expenses that arise from something like this. 

So! Here's my math on things: the base surgery cost is about $18,000. IF insurance helps, it'll be classified as out of network. That means I have a hefty coinsurance and then deductibles and all, which would be about $7000 or so. Add in flight costs, a place to stay, aftercare, and money lost from missing work and we are probably past the $7500 mark, but I'm trying not to be over-grabby on people's money.

I hate having to ask for help, but... That's what I'm doing. I'm part of an amazing community and they've shown me love and support that I'll spend the rest of my days trying to repay, and I'm back asking for more. Just this little bit extra to get me where I want to go. Where I need to go. If you can't support me financially, spreading the word would be a huge help! You're already awesome for taking the time to read this.

So! Yeah. Not every trans woman gets or even WANTS GRS, but this one does. Very very badly. Can you help me? <3 -Erin
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Update 5
Posted by Erin Castillo
3 months ago
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So! I just heard back from my case manager at work!

She said that the clinic takes another insurance plan so I'm going to switch over to that in November during open enrollment. still a ways to go before we are all set, but this helps!

hoping to have more good news soon
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Update 4
Posted by Erin Castillo
5 months ago
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Welp. I just heard back from my prospective doctor and it looks like insurance may not cover anything? Which is... Immensely disappointing to say the least, but I will not be swayed! Just going to have to fight harder. Thank you all for your generosity thus far! Looks like these donations will become more and more vital as time goes on...

Hugs to you all
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Update 3
Posted by Erin Castillo
6 months ago
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Hey y'all! I'm working with a case manager at work now to see if we can be enough of a pain to get insurance to help us out. If they cooperated, it would be a huge huge burden off my shoulders. You've already done a whole bunch for me and I want to say thank you and want you to know that I'm not sitting here twiddling my thumbs!

Thank you so so so much for all you've done for me! I can't say thank you enough.

Y'all are amazing
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Update 2
Posted by Erin Castillo
6 months ago
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Thank you all SO much!
24 hours ago this thing was just starting and now you've donated over A THOUSAND DOLLARS. I can't thank you all enough for your incredible generosity, and for sharing this with other people, and for just being the amazing people I know and love through this whole process.

You are all, collectively, the best and I wouldn't be where I am without you standing behind me.
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Raised by 61 people in 6 months
Created July 16, 2018
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