Free To Be Me
Organized by: J. M. P.
Anybody that truly knows me can attest to my possessing a rather stubborn sense of independance. Referring to me as pig-headed is an insult to our porcine friends. I would rather be dragged through cacti and dipped in alcohol than ask for help.
So you can imagine how much I resisted utilizing a group funding website. By doing so, not only am I asking for help from friends but strangers as well. It is a very uncomfortable position for me to be in.
Even so, I am in a situation that is even more discomforting and which I am unable to resolve on my own. As such, I reach out to you, friend and stranger alike.
So what am I raising money for you ask...
The simple fact is that I am a transgender woman. I was designated male upon birth but always felt that was in error. Yet over the course of my life I pretended to be the person everyone else expected me to be. During that time I existed in a world of pain, frustration and sadness. Three years ago I determined that I could no longer live a lie. I NEEDED to be truthful with myself and others.
I am now legally recognized as a woman and live as one both personally and professionally. Despite this, I am not yet the person I desire to be. My body continues to be at odds with my mind and I require 2-3 surigical procedures to resolve this - facial feminization, gender affirmation and breast augmentation.
The cost of these procedures are approximately $15,000, $30,000 and $5,000 respectively.
For years serving others has been the focus of my life. I enjoy helping people and will go to great lengths to do so. As a soldier, medical professional, spouse, parent and more I placed the needs of everyone else before my own asking little to nothing in return. But it is now time for me to concentrate on my own needs.
The problem is that I have no realistic way to pay for them. Insurance refuses to cover these. Living on military retirement pay and being a college student leaves little room for anything beyond daily living expenses. Very few banks will grant loans for anything like this. As you can see, I have exhausted any any other possible solution...save this one.
I can only hope that my appeal touches you in some way and that your compassion moves you to help. It is my belief that combining our efforts will allow me to become "whole" and will allow me to finally live as the person I am meant to be.
You have my wholehearted appreciation and thanks for your consideration!