I have created this page as a last resort, I have to put my pride aside and ask for your support.
I have been attending appointments with an NHS child gender clinic (Tavistock and Portman) in London since 2017, following a long wait from referral to first appointment. Although I have received a lot of support in the appointments, I am yet to start my physical transition. I suffer from gender dysphoria and current waiting lists on the NHS mean that it is unlikely I would receive top surgery until 2021.
I wear a binder everyday for around 12 hours, to help alleviate dysphoria. Binders are extremely uncomfortable and due to my dysphoria I cannot leave the house with out wearing one. I cannot bear to continue through two more summers where I am not able to take my shirt off, it is truly suffocating.
I have always planned to go travelling before starting a film based career. However, the longer I must wait for surgery; the longer I put my future on hold. This domino affect has been really damaging on my mental health.
I am planning to work vigorously after my A-levels, but I do not think that I will be able to afford the full costs for referral, consultation and top surgery before the end of 2019- which is my goal. My family have been very supportive, but unfortunately they are unable to support me financially.
I am yet to make a final decision of the surgeon I want in order to make the best choice I can. After emailing my top chosen surgeons, quotes estimate the surgery will cost between £5805.00 and £8,000 including referral, initial consultation, the surgery, post op care, 1-night stay, garments and medication when I leave hospital.
Thank you so much for reading this and for the continued support from everybody:)
If you are not able to financially support me, sharing my page on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram would be massively appreciated.
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