Back in Spring 2017 I was referred to the Chalmers Centre GIC in Edinburgh, and around a year later was prescribed testosterone. However, as soon as this happened, I had to move to England and start the referral process all over again to attempt to get top surgery (a double mastectomy). I was referred to Charing Cross GIC in London at the end of June 2018, and now, 34 months later, I still don't even have a date for a first appointment. My most optimistic calculations suggest I'll wait another three years for top surgery, given the increasing wait for a first appointment and between appointments, but I suspect it'll actually be considerably longer.
Initially I hoped to wait it out, or save up the money for private top surgery myself, but my dysphoria has brought me to a point where I think about the wait every single day and I'm feeling pretty horrible about it - so I've finally decided to set this up.
I think this amount should cover the cost of the surgery and possibly prior consultations, and I hope to be able to cover by myself any further costs, including the loss of earnings from time taken off work to recover.
Getting this surgery would finally allow me some peace with my body, allow me a huge reduction in the anxiety I experience around clothing and open up my options for presenting myself how I want without exacerbating my dysphoria. It would make such an incredible difference to my life.
This isn't urgent, and I'm only asking for donations from anyone who can comfortably afford it. I'd be really grateful for shares as well as donations, and I hope to be able to pay forward the kindness in future.
Thanks again for reading
- Daniel Watkins
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