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2020 Am I right?

During this crazy, wild, unreal year I finally made the decision to try to get a breast reduction, which like everything else this year, it didn’t go well.

Those of you who know me know that I’m non-binary and have been out since high school, but I am AFAB and during high school my breasts developed into DD’s. It’s essentially like constantly carrying two small turkeys! This has definitely caused some physical and emotional distress for me. 

Physically running up and down stairs really hurts unless I’m wearing a very supportive bra, they get in the way of me doing things I love like rock climbing, and the indents that bras leave on my shoulders is astronomical. I also have chronic tendonitis in both my shoulders which I have gone to two physical therapists and a chiropractor for, which is expensive in of itself. As for emotionally they’re just so feminine they cause some serious dysphoria, I honestly can’t count how many times I’ve cried, just wishing I could get rid of them. I sometimes wear a binder and that helps but it does hurt my shoulders so I can’t wear it everyday.

So imagine how happy I was when I finally got an appointment back in late October after being referred to a surgeon by my PC, to see if I’d be a good candidate for a breast reduction! I was ecstatic!!! The appointment went very well, the doctor thought I was the perfect candidate! I left the appointment feeling really good about it. Then it hit a wall. The doctor’s office called and told me that my insurance said that this wasn’t medically necessary and that they will not cover it. I cried for a whole day, like full on ugly crying and sobbing. They also said I couldn’t appeal it until we knew why it got denied but we wouldn’t know why for at least two more weeks since they send out a letter to the office and myself explaining why. I never received that letter. It wasn’t until the first week of December when I called and asked about it that I got an answer but with it being the near the end of the year and me changing insurance plans for 2021 I didn’t have enough time to appeal it. And then on top of that I got the bill for the consultation which was $400. If I had known it was going to cost me that much pain and money I would have waited till 2021 with my new insurance, but 2020 really wanted to kick me while I’m down.

So for Christmas this year, please, I’m asking for $400 to help pay for my consultation that in the end did nothing but hurt me emotionally and financially. I know it’s been a hard year for everyone but this felt like just the beginning of everything going downhill for me and it’s just caused so much stress. It would be the best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten if this took off!

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Rheanna Brown 
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