Stef's FFS - Campaign Complete!
You can view the entire process, as promised, starting with this video here:
There are 6 episodes in total so far. Happy viewing!
My name is Stef Sanjati. I am a 20 year old transgender woman from Toronto, Canada, and I feel it is time for me to undertake my gender confirming surgeries.
For every transgender person, these surgeries can be a little different. Some trans people don't want them at all - whatever makes that person feel at home in their body is what they typically pursue.
For myself, waking up and looking in the mirror is like pressing reset on your favourite game every day. Losing all progress, going backwards, never reaching your potential. It's incredibly frustrating, not seeing what you see in your head in the mirror. I don't think I have uploaded an untouched photograph since before I started my transition - I nip and tuck at my face, reducing my jaw here, enlarging my cheek here... all with the goal of looking more like what we percieve as feminine.
Here is photograph of me as a child, then as an adult before starting my transition, and something more recent, after at least two hours of hair, make-up, and lighting (and 5 months on estrogen!):
I update people on my life, transition, and offer advice on my YouTube channel , which you can click HERE to view! You can also watch some of my most recent transition update below:
What I would like to do is share the process of my gender confirming surgeries with my audience as well, not only to provide hope, information, and resources to other transgender people who want to undergo gender confirming surgeries, but also to educate anyone else who may want to be informed.
I will be undergoing both SRS (Sexual Realingment Surgery) and FFS (Facial Feminization Surgery). This GoFundMe campaign is focusing solely on the FFS costs: $45,000 CAD.
The end goal of $45,000 Canadian dollars may seem like a lot, so let me break down the costs for you. The procedures themselves make up over $43,000 of the overall cost. The remainder of the funds will be used to cover the recovery time, lodging, transportation, and cost of living while I am outside of Canada, in Boston, Massachusetts). These funds will NOT be used for purchasing new wardrobe items, for laser hair removal, getting my nails done, hair done, or any other luxury procedures or items. They will purely be put towards the procedures themselves and the costs associated with them.
Because of the demand for these surgeries, I will likely be unable to book these procedures any earlier than December 2016, or early to mid 2017.
Undergoing FFS (and SRS) would vastly improve my mental health. I would love to share the experience with all of you, and everyone else on YouTube, so that people can learn about gender confirmation surgeries and what they mean to transgender people. These are not as simple as feeling better about the curve of our nose, it is much larger than that. These surgeries are about feeling like you, every day, when you wake up in the morning - before cinching, pulling, and covering every inch of your body with body shapers, tape, and cosmetics. They're about recognizing yourself in the mirror, and feeling like living, going outside, is possible, and not something to dread.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this wall of text - I would like you to know that even you being here, and educating yourself on what gender confirmation surgeries mean to me and other trans people is wonderful in and of itself. I am thankful you took the time to read about it, and if you donate towards my procedures, know that I am eternally grateful, and I hope you will keep up with my transition on my YouTube channel so that you can see the happiness you have brought me.
Until next time - be yourself, I love you!
(UPDATE 5/7/2016: I have put $4800 CAD of my savings towards the campaign, therefore decreasing the goal to $40,200.)
(UPDATE 9/6/2016: I have put $10,000 of sponsorship money towards the campaign, therefore reducing the goal, but adding $3500 to cover hotel costs. The surgery has been booked and will be happening December 16th, 2016!)
Some adjustments have been made to the campaign, so take a peek if you'd like! I love you!
So...I got a subscription crate today and was really bummed with it because most of what was in it turned out to be bootleg, but then I saw your newest video (which didn't immediately pop up on my phone for some reason) declaring the start of your gofundme campaign, and I'm so excited. I cancelled that awful subscription and I'm just going to make the donations here for what I would be paying for that fake junk. You're genuine and amazing, and a much better cause. Love you girl ♥ Can't wait for you to start coming out with merch so I can display the bread-love to the world even more!
I just wanna tell u as an adopted mother of a transgender female to male child and getting to see his struggles and heartaches baby I feel your pain and I have to tell u that u are a very beautiful young lady without touching that beautiful face if yours I hope u know that but yes I was born with high cheekbones and big hips fat butt and huge boobs lol so I can only imagine how it must feel for u never give up n when your feeling like it's the worst day ever come back to this comment and remember u help little trans babies all over the world to know it's ok to be who they are and who they want to become in their transition as well I do not know u personally nor do u know me but me and my son and daughter love u tremendously for the videos and updates u put in the world for ignorant ass people to realize it's a real thing lots of love from the mid west USA love u steph
Just wanted to say, even thought I'm not in a position to give financially, I do my best to show my support by sharing your link to everybody I know and then some. I wish you the best! You are a very positive, encouraging role model for young people. Not only trans, but everybody can use having a good dose of positive attitude from young to old!
I just started watching your channel today and every video I've watched I can't help but smile. You are so beautiful, inside and out, and your story and experiences have moved me. I love your style, your sense of humor, your personality--I wish we were friends IRL! Seriously! You have a light around you that is so infectious. I donated what I could and I'm hoping you will reach your goal soon!
I'm so proud to see how far you've come in your transition!! My first video of yours that I saw was you talking about Waardenburg Syndrome and the only reason I clicked on it was because of how gorgeous and stunning you were and still are. I love seeing the updates about your time on estrogen and was utterly shocked at the 4 month video, I believe it was. I even went back to listen to your voice before and after. Not only your appearance is gorgeous, but you have an absolutely wonderful personality, because you take your time to give tips and advice to those who are transitioning giving them a boost of confidence and showing them what they are all capable of. I love you, Stef ♥ Stay wonderful!!