So as some of you have probably seen, I recently came out to the world as Non-binary. Specifically, I identify as genderfluid transmasculine nonbinary, which means that I am not a woman, and not a man, but feel closer to the masculine side of the gender spectrum (not that it's a straight line by any means). This also means that my gender identity fluctuates. My pronouns are they/them.
I have been so incredibly blessed with a support system here in Texas, and within my close family around the country, and I can honestly say that I do not feel as alone anymore, now that I have come out.
Coming out to myself has allowed me to recognize actions I can take in my life to feel more comfortable in the body I have, and in my gender expression moving through the world. One of these things, is top surgery.
Top surgery is a procedure where a surgeon goes in and removes the breast tissue on the patient.
I have major dysphoria around my chest, and it is one of the biggest struggles and holds me back every day in my life. My biggest goal right now is to go forward with top surgery as soon as possible so I can continue to live my life as my authentic self more and more each day. This will bring me a great sense of peace and happiness.
As some of you also know, I have degenerative disc disorder. This causes the discs in my spine to deteriorate at a faster rate than is "normal". It has left me with severe, debilitating pain for the last 4 years. I have taken a lot of steps to alleviate this pain through physical therapy, cortisone injections, chiropractic therapy, massage therapy, Radio Frequency Ablation and have even discussed Artificial Disc Replacement and Fusion with several surgeons. At this point, I am doing basic maintenance to keep up with my health and alleviate pain, as well as pain management therapy.
It is my belief that getting top surgery will help alleviate some of the pain in my back by reducing the amount of weight that my spine has to hold and navigate with.
If anyone can help me pay for some of the cost of this surgery, I would be infinitely appreciative and grateful. I want to do something in exchange for any help I get through this.
My idea is to draw digital portraits of anyone who donates that wants one. These portraits take time to make, so it may be awhile before I can complete all of them, but if you want one, and you donate, please let me know!
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