Jozie's Gender Confirmation Surgery

It can be hard being brave at times, but I think to embrace change I must step outside my comfort zone and invite vulnerability into spaces. So, here goes nothing! My name is Jozie. I am a Black non-binary visual artist based in Detroit.
I have been exploring my identity for some time now seeking to become my truest and most authentic self. After doing some deep reflecting I have realized that a great deal of my depression and anxiety rises from my dysphoria and discomfort in my own body and gender.

For those who are not familiar with the term gender dysphoria or body dysphoria the best I can explain it is a strong feeling of distress, anxiety, discomfort, and dissatisfaction with one's body or assigned gender. Gender confirmation surgery/top surgery is a procedure that will remove my chest tissue giving me a flatter outer appearance which will help lessen my gender dysphoria and transform my life for the better. 

Unfortunately, my current health insurance provider will not cover the medical costs of this surgery, so it will have to come out of pocket. I have been feeling conflicted and embarrassed about sharing my private medical and emotional information socially. However, I know to achieve the medical attention and financial help I need, I will have to lean on community, Trans solidarity, and bravely share my story with others as well as for others coping with and or suffering from similar struggles.  

I strongly believe that having top surgery will truly transform my life in the most liberating way. The benefits to my mental health and general happiness are beyond any explanation. 
So, I am asking with an open and hopeful heart that you may be able to help me on this journey.

Along with saving as much as I can myself, I will be creating artwork for sale that will go towards these costs. 

I am planning to have top-surgery with Alison M Shore in Chicago hopefully by the end of the year. 

Here is a breakdown of funds needed to achieve my goal:  
Surgery: $7,740 
Travel, accommodation*, and aftercare: $1,000 
Total: $8,740.00 

Any level and kind of support that you can offer is honestly so incredibly appreciated.
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Jozie Bullard 
Detroit, MI

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