Gus's Top Surgery

$2,000 of $7,400 goal

Raised by 47 people in 25 months
This campaign is for ftm chest or “top” surgery for August or Gus Li. Some of you might know me through the books I’ve written or the events I have participated in. While I feel very blessed to have a “day” job that I love, working in the publishing industry, and have enjoyed some success with my own writing, I am not at all wealthy. I rely solely on my own income, and not having insurance that will cover transgender surgery has put me in an unfortunate position. Reaching out to ask for help is one of the hardest and most humbling things I have ever had to do. However, since I began my physical transition a few years ago, I have been continually amazed by the kindness and generosity of others, from the doctors and staff at the Mazzoni Center who made me feel so comfortable, to my publisher, Dreamspinner Press, who went out of their way to change my name on my books, and not least of all, to my family and friends who have offered understanding and encouragement. Though I have always worked very hard to provide for myself and be independent, this journey has taught me that sometimes it’s okay to reach out to others and ask for a hand.

 

And I’ve come to the realization that I need help. Though I work very hard in addition to writing, there’s just no way I can distribute my income to afford the surgery I need so badly. After years of hard work and sacrifice to fund my hormone replacement therapy, this was a difficult and depressing conclusion to come to. I wanted very badly to be able to do this on my own, and falling short feels like a failure. It’s hard, but it is even harder to accept that I can never be the person on the outside that I am on the inside, that I will never be comfortable in my own skin. I’m not ready to concede. I will continue to work as hard as I can to raise funds to have the top surgery done, but I am also admitting my need.

 

I have chosen Dr. Hope Sherie, a former Air Force surgeon who is now a specialist in this procedure. Her fees are reasonable and in line with what other surgeons charge, and I am confident she is the right doctor for me. I’m only looking to raise the amount of the surgery itself. Medications, pathology, or anything else that might be extra I believe I will be able to cover. Every little bit helps, and you have no idea how grateful I will be for anything. A small donation will literally help to change my life. Even if I am able to raise half of the cost, I can finance the rest, which is something I’m very willing to do, as this is so important to me.

 

If you cannot donate, please help by sharing or by commenting. I have met many people at conventions like Yaoi-Con, and it always helps to have the testimony of friends that I’m “real.” I have been very fortunate to meet and know such wonderful people, and I appreciate every one, and everything you are willing to do. No matter how small it might seem to help out with a donation or click share to spread the word, it will mean more to me that you can know.

 

To learn more about top surgery for transgender individuals: http://www.topsurgery.net/procedures/
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Just a quick update for anyone who might be interested! It's been one month since surgery, everything is healing well, and I'm excited to get back in shape after not being able to exercise much the last few weeks. I'm going to leave the campaign up for a bit since I did finance a good chunk of this, and if I get any donations after it is paid off--either by me or through the campaign--I'll donate those funds to someone else in need of surgery.
Happy summer!
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This will be my last update for a while, but it's a good one! Thanks to the generosity of everyone who has helped me out, a lot of saving and hard work, and yes, some financing, I am scheduled to have my surgery done on February 21st. I just want to let everyone who has supported me know that it means the world to me and I am more grateful than I will ever be able to express. In order to even finance part of it, I needed to have half up front, and the donations I received made that happen much, much faster than it would have otherwise. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.
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Happy New Year. Out with the old and in with the new. So 2016 is drawing to close. It’s been a year of ups and downs like most, though some of the low points have been especially crushing for many of us, myself included. Yet when I look back at the past year, I cannot ignore how much I have to feel grateful for. I have done things I was terrified to do—this campaign high on that list—and have been rewarded with tremendous support, support beyond anything I expected. I needed that affirmation that people are still decent, and that they value others. This journey, life in general and especially transitioning, has a way of throwing into stark relief who one’s true friends are and who will still be there when things are hardest. And what a revelation for me to see how many people do have my back. I cannot say thank you often enough for everyone who has helped me. The generosity and friendship I have received will always be the thing I remember most about this year.

Here’s to 2017. May everyone’s struggles be a little bit easier and everyone’s successes a little bit brighter and more frequent. I am looking forward to standing on the beach with my shirt off and swimming in the ocean. I’m not giving up on that dream, and I hope everyone else’s dreams come true too. Thanks once again to everyone who has been there for me this year <3
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Big thanks to everyone who has donated to me for Giving Tuesday! Every donation and share is more appreciated than I can express. Thanks so much.
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Brandon Witt
21 months ago

YAY! I'm so thrilled for you!!!!

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Rhys Ford
21 months ago

That is so so awesome!

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J. Scott Coatsworth
24 months ago

Oooh, congrats, Gus. :) Look at the numbers going up!

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Megan M. Valentine
24 months ago

That's great news!!! I get paid again next Friday, so expect another donation. :) *hugs*

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$2,000 of $7,400 goal

Raised by 47 people in 25 months
Created October 28, 2016
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$200
L T
21 months ago
$50
Anonymous
21 months ago
$30
Anonymous
21 months ago
$20
Suzyn Ann
22 months ago

We've never met, but I wish you the best. ❤

$25
Anonymous
24 months ago
AD
$50
Attila & Tracy Devenyi
24 months ago

Sending our love and support ♡

Brandon Witt
21 months ago

YAY! I'm so thrilled for you!!!!

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Rhys Ford
21 months ago

That is so so awesome!

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J. Scott Coatsworth
24 months ago

Oooh, congrats, Gus. :) Look at the numbers going up!

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Megan M. Valentine
24 months ago

That's great news!!! I get paid again next Friday, so expect another donation. :) *hugs*

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