While opening up an entire new world of opportunity for me, testosterone has also thrown at me a huge increase in chest dysphoria. This is something I have struggled with every day of my life since puberty as a child and something that feels to be worsening every day as my body experiences a second puberty. Due to this, like many other folk that experience chest dysphoria, I am forced to bind every day and often in unsafe ways. This has lead to issues with my ribs and back which only get worse with every day that I continue to bind. Recently I have started to experience forms of sensory processing issues, something I had not experienced before starting T, making the daily task of wearing a binder even more unbearable and often very distressing.
I have researched top surgery over and over and contacted many surgeons over the years, unable to further the process as the procedure can cost £7000+ in the UK, a figure impossible for me to save as a low income student. As i’ve recently started to reach a tipping point in my ability to live this way for however much longer, I have been researching surgeons outside of the UK that will offer me this life saving surgery for a much lower price. For the surgery, flights + accommodation and other relevant fees I am looking at approximately £3-4000 which is far more achievable for a person in my position. Fortunately, by taking this route I will not have to endure the huge waiting lists there are for UK surgeons both private and through the NHS.
While I am saving as much as I can, paying for rent and the challenges of Covid-19 are making this increasing difficult and so I would be eternally grateful to all who are able to support me in any way possible. I am hoping to have my surgery as soon as possible so with a mix of saving, fund raising and hopefully some more bright ideas along the way, I will reach my target and begin the process by summertime next year.
Thank you for taking the time to read my message! The support I received when raising for my testosterone was incredible and I really appreciate everyone’s help. Top surgery is the next and possibly biggest step in my transition and is incredibly important to me as it will not only change, but also save my life. If you are able to support me, even just by giving this a share, I would be insanely grateful!
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