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My Transition

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Soo....where to start? Well, my name is Kristi, I am 36 and a Canadian.  My story is a fairly long one, but I'll try to shorten it.  Over the last 6 or 7 years, I have toyed with the notion that I may be a trans woman.  I went to a few drop-in counselling sessions and even told a few friends about it, but denied it and kept it buried.  However, last summer, I finally decided to let myself explore the idea and really think it through.  Since then, I have come out to more people and have even put my name down at a clinic here in the city that helps people like me transition.  As of 2 weeks ago, I had my first appointment with them and have nothing but good to say.  The people were excellent, attentive and caring.  It also felt good to be called by my preferred name (Kristi) the entire time.  Among other things, I was also asked why I was wanting to do this.  To transition.  It took a few moments, but my honest answer was, "For me. I am doing this for me." 

I want to add that I still do have moments where I am unsure about all this. I have described it to my therapist and friends as a tug of war.  At times, I strongly desire this and want to become the woman I feel I am. Others times, I have thoughts that challenge me on it and try to tell me this is a bad idea or wrong. When I have mentioned this to others I have always gotten the same response, which is just go slow. And that is what I am trying to do. Just taking it one step at a time. But, I do have moments of intense dysphoria, where I just NEED to feel cute, feminine and pretty. In those moments, I will either try to buckle down and just ride it out, or find something that I can do that will help with those feelings. This is also why I am happy to have been provided with free counselling through the transition program and for my friends both online and offline that have helped me, guided me, and supported in all this.  I also have found myself being treasuring and being encouraged by the small things, such as being called beautiful and pretty by friends, getting hugs (which, for those who don't know, I loooove to get and give), and just getting general words of encouragement.  I also have been meeting up with another trans friend who is currently further along the path then me.  I will not go into detail, but her updates and our get togethers have really given me hope, encouragement and things to look forward to.

So,  where does that leave me at?  Well, I honestly still want to transition and become the woman I feel I really am.  I am on track to start hormone therapy within the next month, however, I have run into a small problem. The Canadian government, at the moment, does cover the cost  of bottom surgery (SRS) and hair removal. But, hormones, adam's apple shaving and facial feminization are not.  At the moment, I am not looking to get the facial surgery done, but that may change.  My problem, though is that I am currently unemployed.  I am looking and trying to find work, but I have a feeling that because I have not been working for quite a while (mainly caused by OCD), it's been affecting my odds.  So, after talking with my therapist and friends and much thought, I have decided to start this campaign.  At the moment, I am looking to raise $1300, which will be going towards my hormone therapy, clothing and other essentials.  I am including clothing in this because at this moment, my feminine wardrobe is very small and doesn't include any full outfits.  While I am very very thankful for what I do have, it is not much (literally only have a pair of cute leggings, a skirt and a couple pieces of jewelry).  The clothing will also help fight those moments of dysphoria and help me feel like....me :)  As time progresses and I get further along in the program, I may decide to include the other mentioned procedures.  And once I find employment, I fully plan on putting as much as I can towards all this.  I also plan on providing updates on here and a blog which I created a month back.

With all that said, I understand that not everyone will be able to help and that's ok.  For those that can't, your friendship and support still helps.  Actually, it helps a lot.  And for those that can and do, let me just say thank you right now.  Really.  Thank you a lot! :)

To everyone, thank you for taking the time to read this and I wish you an awesome day!
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Just a quick update. I have officially started hrt!! Yayy!!! My first day was Thursday, March 28. Felt so good to finally begin transitioning! :) On the down side, I still have not found employment. I have been and am continuing to look, but nothing so far. On the upside, I do have enough funds to be able to afford hrt for three months. The pills, so far, cost around $40/month and atm, it is being paid out of pocket. Once I land a job, I plan on applying for a person health care plan to help cover the expenses of transitioning.

I also want to add that I do plan on getting my adam's apples shaved and as it is not covered by the government health care plan, I will have to pay out of pocket for it. I don't know the full cost of it yet, but will let you know once I do.

Also, a big big thank you everyone who has been helping support me, however that may be, during this whole thing. It's really appreciated! :)
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