Hi, my name is Grayson Lee and I am an 18 year old trans man from Maryland. This is something I never thought I would do because I'm not one to ask for help but, this is something I don't think I can solely do by myself.
I am looking to get FTM Top Surgery with Beverley Fischer in Baltimore, MD. This step in my transition is very vital for me as I am binding over 8 hours a day just to keep my mental health afloat. I suffer from what is most known as "gender dysphoria", meaning my sex does not align with my gender, and to say it causes discomfort in my day to day life is an understatement. It's a horrible thing. But this surgery would help greatly to relieve a lot of it, as a lot of my dysphoria is centered around my chest. This surgery would help me to be able to look at myself in the mirror and finally see myself looking back.
Gender Dysphoria is something I've experienced since a very young age, I remember not understanding why I wasn't considered a little boy and why everyone was trying to push these traditionally female ideals on me. I cannot keep track of the stories my family has told me about how I constantly rejected these, and at any chance I got I presented more masculine. I was not able to put a word to how I felt until my freshman year of highschool. I had stumbled across various transgender youtubers, and binged their videos for weeks, months even. The idea of me being transgender was scary at first, but after several restless weeks I had no choice but to accept this part of me and start my social transition. I haven't looked back since. This is who I am, and as much as it can be hard, this is what I was dealt and the only thing I can do is try to make the best of it. And this surgery is "the best of it". To be able to rid myself of the burden of feeling uncomfortable in my own skin, to see myself for who I truly am, to be able to take a full and deep breath without the constrictions of a binder. This is the best thing I could ever do for myself.
The goal I have set is the complete cost of this surgery. I had a consultation with Dr. Fischer on the 18th of December and this is the quote she has given me. Insurance is not an option, because she does not work with insurance companies one on one. Meaning, even if my insurance were to cover it, the best they can do for me is reimburse me after I have already paid in full. And I currently do not have to means to get 8700$.
Anything helps. Even if its the smallest amount, helps. I know this is asking a lot of complete strangers, but to be able to get this surgery would mean the world to me. Thank you for taking time out of your day to click on, and read through this. That in itself is one step closer to my goal.
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