Top Surgery for Mac

$7,180 of $9,000 goal

Raised by 149 people in 15 months
(Left: pre-testosterone therapy; Right: one year on testosterone therapy)

Hi there, my name is Mac. I'm twenty-two years old, and I'm currently in my fourth year studying Women's and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

At the beginning of my first year of college, I came to the realization that I am transgender. This means that I don't identify with the gender I was assigned at birth (which was female). 

Shortly after I came to this realization, I started to socially transition. I started going by "Mac," and I changed my pronouns. One of the most momentous things I did was to begin binding. Binding is the process of flattening one's breasts with compression materials, usually a medical-grade mesh, to achieve a flat chest.

Despite popular belief, binding, for me, is not a fad. Binding is an incredibly important part of my transition, as having breasts contributes to depression and anxiety. I have what is referred to as body dysphoria, meaning my perception of what my body should be (i.e. the typical body of someone assigned male at birth) does not completely match what my body is. To remedy the dysphoria associated with my breasts, I began to bind.

At first, binding was wonderful. I was able to hide my chest beautifully. It soon became apparent, however, that binding is not a long term solution. In fact, binding can cause a lot of health problems. Fortunately, the worst I've done is bruise my ribs temporarily, but the longer I bind, the higher the likelihood of binding injuries.

It is critical then, that I have top surgery, or a surgery designed to remove my breasts. I am hoping to have surgery as soon as possible; for this reason, I am setting a goal of having the surgery by June 2018.

I am planning to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Mosser, who is based in San Francisco, California. Dr. Mosser is very skilled, and I am confident that he will give good results. I had my free consultation with him on 12/28/16, and I was beyond impressed with his not only his expertise but also how knowledgeable he was about transgender identities on the whole.

I am aiming to raise $9,000, which will include the most of the surgery itself. I am planning to supplement the rest of the cost of the procedure, travel fees, and lodging with my own savings.

Thank you so much for your help. Top surgery or not, I am grateful for everyone who has stood by me during my transition thus far, and I’m excited to see what the future holds.
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Hi everyone. As you may know, I had my surgery scheduled for October 2017. At the time I scheduled the surgery, I was on track to receive a grant to cover the rest of the funds needed. I also believed I could take out a loan or apply for CareCredit.

The unfortunate reality is that the grant organization stopped replying to my emails and phone calls, and because my credit history is so short, I was not even able to qualify for CareCredit. I have looked everywhere to try to find even loans with dreadfully high interest rates.

For this reason, I've shoved off my surgery to the back of my mind. I feel like every moment I've believed I was making headway, I was catapulted right back to where I started.

I have thankfully not lost my $650 deposit with Dr. Mosser. And I know that hope still exists, but I am finding myself, once again, asking for help. Please share this campaign if you can. Please talk this up to your friends and family and peers and that guy you got looped into talking to on the Greyhound.

Thank you to everyone who has helped me thus far. I am so appreciative for everyone you all have done to help me get this far.
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Wow, 100 donations! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated and shared this page!

With my cookie delivery fundraiser last night, the total amount raised for my surgery is now about $4,000, which is INCREDIBLE.

I am applying for surgery grants when I am not too busy, so hopefully those will come through.

All in all, the amount of awesome community support I have received is so heartwarming.
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Wow, y'all. Almost a third of the way there. This is incredible!

I legally changed my name to Mac Alexander Ploetz on February 1, 2017. That was incredible.

I also hit my sixteen month on testosterone mark.

I want to thank everyone who donated and shared this, especially because this goal has never seemed tangible until now. I get to be my ideal version of me, and it's because of your help. Thank you.
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Hi all! As you know, I legally changed my name recently. This is such a HUGE step in affirming my gender identity, and I'm so grateful for everyone who has helped me get this far! I am still raising money for my top surgery and am working to think of new and creative fundraisers.

Unfortunately, I was not able to raise the appropriate amount of money in time to schedule my surgery for this March. I'm disappointed but not discouraged. I am also in the process of applying for surgery grants that will help with funding.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated or shared this page so far! It means the world!
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Deborah Tracy
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U go Mac! Im basically new to all this in a way. I have the same circumstance with a member of our family. Its been very hard to accept what they have needed to reach their idenity. As a mother its been a real transition even for me to finally realize what they must do and go through to become the person they have always felt they were. Its so hard to recognize that I as their mother Must be supportive, understanding, and realize I guess even as a little child they were not like most children to show interest in the toys that identified as society expected. If my family member Mac, could get the funds needed to do what you have put in such heart felt words I and them would be so grateful, and so so Thankful. Because I feel if we as human beings on this earth are criticized, persecuted, for ignorance and selfishness of thinking that we don't and cannot use whatever means necessary to change what we in our hearts know to start with, at a young age from the beginning should have been corrected by our parents earlier! So I do support my family member as well! But its hard, so hard on a mothers heart and getting use to a brand new name, and change of love one! Im just giving this mothers opinion and am support to my love one as well!

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Created November 17, 2016
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Deborah Tracy
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U go Mac! Im basically new to all this in a way. I have the same circumstance with a member of our family. Its been very hard to accept what they have needed to reach their idenity. As a mother its been a real transition even for me to finally realize what they must do and go through to become the person they have always felt they were. Its so hard to recognize that I as their mother Must be supportive, understanding, and realize I guess even as a little child they were not like most children to show interest in the toys that identified as society expected. If my family member Mac, could get the funds needed to do what you have put in such heart felt words I and them would be so grateful, and so so Thankful. Because I feel if we as human beings on this earth are criticized, persecuted, for ignorance and selfishness of thinking that we don't and cannot use whatever means necessary to change what we in our hearts know to start with, at a young age from the beginning should have been corrected by our parents earlier! So I do support my family member as well! But its hard, so hard on a mothers heart and getting use to a brand new name, and change of love one! Im just giving this mothers opinion and am support to my love one as well!

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