It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything lately. For my first post out of hibernation, I wish to share my friend’s GoFundMe.com post. My best friend who passed away two years ago had a sister, who in turn had passed away several years before. She left behind two beautiful children, orphaned at a very young age and facing many struggles in the years that followed.
Now a young man, one shares his story below. Please have an open mind and heart and give whatever you can to make his life a whole lot better.
We may not see each other or talk much, but you’re in my thoughts and most importantly, always in my heart. I love you, Logan.
So, I created a donation page via GoFundMe about 3 weeks ago. I have raised a little over $1000, which is incredible and I am beyond grateful. I just want to thank everyone for their contributions thus far and in general, for their continued support.
I am writing this note for a few reasons. First, I want to explain/delve a little further into the fundraiser that I created and what it’s for. I feel like it “slipped under the radar” so to speak for a few people (which I take responsibility for because I have not done much in the way of “promoting” it or putting it out there.)
Secondly, I want to open up a space for discussion/ideas that you may have to boost the donation page and really get it out there.
And lastly, other ways in which I can go about getting funds. (I have been toying with the idea of creating an Etsy shop and selling my art…)
The majority of people here are people who already know who I am and know about my situation. But for the sake of having a proper introduction:
My name is Logan. I am 22 years old. I am currently residing in New York, in Manhattan specifically. I am trans*. I have been living as male since I was 17. I have been on hormone replacement therapy, or testosterone, for a little over 2 years. (April 26th of this year was my two year anniversary. Damn. I’m a big kid now.)
My journey so far has been incredible. I am exponentially happier. I am exponentially healthier – mentally, emotionally, spiritually. I am so much more confident in myself. I am so much more at peace.
These past 2 years have been amazing and I definitely feel as though I have made a lot of progression within a short period of time. But it is still not quite the end of the road for me.
I am still not fully 100% happy. I am still not fully 100% healthy. It is as though I am on the cusp of feeling whole. I am on the cusp of genuinely being who I am and living my life to the fullest. But need a little help to get there.
The reason for this donation page is in order for me to have top surgery. Surgery has always been a priority for me but I am really pushing it more so now because of the medical/physical issues that I am currently undergoing.
At the beginning of this month I made a visit to the doctor because I was noticing loss of feeling and sensitivity in my hands and arms. Because I have been binding my chest for 5 years, it is starting to negatively effect my body. (Side note: for individuals who may not be familiar with the term “binding” it is simply compressing one’s chest in order to appear flat.)
I also have inflamed shoulders and an inflamed upper back, as well as loss of sensitivity and feeling in these areas too. The muscles in my shoulders and back have (painful) abnormal curvature that I will eventually have to undergo physical therapy to correct as well.
I fully intended on paying for surgery myself. I have paid for everything thus far in my transition – i.e. my gender therapy sessions, my hormones, my legal name change and gender marker change, all of my medical check-ups to ensure that I am healthy, etc.
But I unfortunately wasn’t expecting these medical challenges.
The procedure that I would be getting done is called, double incision top surgery.
Basically, the surgeon with create two incisions on either side of my chest. They will remove whatever necessary breast tissue and contour my chest to appear male. The nipple and areola are removed, resized, and replaced. And I am a free man. (No pun intended.) I will no longer have to bind and the thought of that is mind-blowing.
The cost for surgery has me looking at an estimated bill of $10,000.
The majority of insurances do NOT cover surgeries for trans* individuals. My insurance does not cover me. The $10,000 is for the actual surgery itself plus, the cost for travel (because the best surgeons are outside of New York), the week stay, gas, food, and all of the medications and scar treatment that I will receive.
I am currently out of school and working 2 jobs in order for me to have surgery. I work 7 days a week, but am definitely not rolling in the dough.
I do not know how long it would take me to reach $10,000 but because of my current state, I do not want to wait any longer than I should.
This is why I am asking you for your help. I am looking to raise $5500, which in actuality will leave me with about $5000. (GoFundMe takes a percentage of the funds.) And I will match up the $5000 on my own and be able to move forward.
Literally every donation counts and is beyond appreciated – $20, $10, $5. I am not expecting people to dish out crazy amounts of money. I understand the financial struggles. I am right there with you, struggling – fiscal cliff, all that good stuff. Haha.
But please do what you can. And if you cannot donate, that is completely okay! What is equally as important, if not more so important, is if you could share the post/link. Just, boost the hell out of it, if possible. Tell yo mama, tell yo mama’s friends, tell yo mailman…
As I said, I feel really weird “promoting” myself. I also work constantly and do not have to the time to be on the internet, pushing this as much as I want to. You can share the post via my page. Or copy the link yourself and write whatever message you would like.
Here is the link for the donation page: http://www.gofundme.com/czddu0
You can also share it through other social media sites – Twitter, Tumblr, etc.
If anybody has any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
I am open to anyone’s ideas and suggestions.
Lastly, if I create an Etsy shop, I would be selling my paintings. I can also sell my photography as prints – regular prints, framed prints or on stretched canvases. If people are willing to purchase these things or know of individuals who may be interested, let me know. If this is a terrible idea, let me know. Haha.
If you made it through this entire post, good on ya. And thank you.
Again, I want to thank everybody for their continued support. I have amazing people in my life. You have all been very accepting and supportive in some way or another, and it definitely does not go unnoticed.
I hope you have a great day. (Or evening depending on when you are reading this.)
Thanks so much.