My name is Jude! I'm a transgender autistic & adhd student and freelance writer from the midwest! My pronouns are they/he!
Shortly after I moved to Chicago I came to terms with my gender identity and the painful truths of growing up as a trans person without access to or knowledge of my community. Taking ownership of my identity and step out into a community of folks who relate to themselves, their bodies, and their genders in ways that felt familiar to me, was incredible for my mental health and sense of self.
Most of my dysphoria is from my chest and hips. I've been struggling with chest dysphoria since I was 13 or 14; it's been a debilitating presence in my life for more than a decade and I am exhausted. My partner bought me a binder a few years ago, and it changed my life. Unfortunately, because of pre-existing health issues, I can't bind all the time and on the occasions I do bind I'm only able to do it safely for a few hours.
For the sake of my mental health and well-being, I need top surgery but I don't have the resources or insurance to cover it myself. I have a surgery date scheduled, but I have to be able to pay $10,412.75 within 3 weeks of that date. This is an enormous amount of money and though I'm so so grateful to my friends and family for supporting me emotionally, I'm unable to pay for it on my own.
My surgery date is February 15th, 2022; the surgery itself is $7,200; the anesthesia fee is $1,050, as well as $2,000 for use of their facilities during recovery, and an inventory fee of $150. In total, roughly $10,412.75, not counting the EKG and bloodwork, prescription meds, and plane fare. I attached the quote the clinic sent me here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sCOtcCmw_WrKU-4jjQ9vBPGOTrYr9PD676OjZ8bK3ZY/, and I'll update with any changes to the plan or fees.
This would change my life and quite literally and figuratively would get a very heavy weight off my chest; I really appreciate your support
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