On March 20th I will be having top surgery. This is a surgery I have been dreaming of since I was a child. I never thought it would become a reality. My chest has been the main source of discomfort and dysphoria in my life and soon it will be gone.
Why do I need your help? The money that was set aside for this surgery is no longer available to me due to a very sudden shift in my life. While I have insurance to cover a portion of the surgery there is still much to cover.
The money donated will be spent on the surgery itself as well as any additional follow up visits. Any extra will be donated to to charities that directly serve transgender youth.
So here I am, less than a month away from a surgery that will literally change my life forever and I have no financial means to do so. My immediate thought was to push the procedure back. I waited 29 years, what’s a little more waiting? That thought broke me. The surgeon I will be using books almost a year out. I’ve done all of the pre work required. Postponing would start the process all over again. I’ve taken the time away from work and turned down countless show offers in order to properly heal. My time for this surgery is now.
I have always been very vocal about my journey. I have the privilege of working with children all across Chicago and surrounding areas. I’ve never hidden who I am from them. I continue to choose roles that highlight my identity and strive to create more inclusive theatre for those in the LGBT+ community. I am an advocate and a damn proud one. This surgery is going to make me a stronger human on the inside and out, a human that will continue to fight front and center for those in this community.
I understand that money can be tight. I’m an actor with 3 side gigs. I get it. Please share if you are unable to give. I’ll also be looking for some badass buddies to come and sit with me while I heal.