Mia's Medical Upgrade

You can find all the details on my website , but here's the summary:

I’ll be having surgery on September 10, at Denver Health. It's been a long process to get here, but I'm excited to see it through! I've never had any surgery before, so I'm also a little terrified. As I've started to share the news, many people have asked how they can help.

I’ll be in the hospital for 3-4 days. After that, recovery is slow and difficult — with 4-6 weeks of limited movement before I’m back to my routine, and back to work. The bills and the boredom are likely to pile up, and you can help with both:

1. The Boredom

I have three amazing women who will be my primary caretakers during recovery — Erin, Rachel, and my mom — but it would be great to have visitors, or help with meals along the way. This is hard to plan in advance, since we’re not entirely sure when I’ll have time or energy. If you want to drop by the hospital (Sept 10-13), or my house (the rest of Sept, into Oct), get in touch with one of them.

If you need contact information, let us know. You can leave a note here, or contact me through my website.

2. The Bills

You're at the right place.

With my insurance, I expect to pay roughly $1300 in preparation (surgery-site hair removal), and another $7150 for the surgery (my out-of-pocket maximum). I will also lose 6 weeks wages, while trying to cover all my normal bills. All told, I’m looking at $10k-12k in surgery-related expenses.

That’s a debt I’m willing to take on if I have to, but it’s not money that I have. If you want to help financially, either by purchasing art, or with a direct gift here, any amount will help me pay rent and bills while I recover.


Thank you for all the support that you’ve shown me through my transition. I feel very lucky to have such wonderful friends and family.

Much love,
 ❤️ Mia
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Miriam Suzanne
Denver, CO

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