Blue's Top Surgery Recovery Fund

Blue's Top Surgery Recovery Fund

From Blue Skies

I finally received gender-affirming top surgery! My insurance covers a lot, but it doesn’t cover nearly all the costs, so I'm asking my community for help.

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Update #8

about 1 month ago

GOAL HAS BEEN MET!!!

Thank you so much for those who have continued to chip in. And of course everyone who has chipped in through out this whole process. You have all reaffirmed in me that We Care For Us. We Protect Us. It's a wonderful thing. With Love, Blue

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9/9/2020 Updates: two unexpected bills have arrived over the past month, amounting to around $2,000. I was not prepared for this at all. But the amount has been added to the goal; I really appreciate everyone's help so far, and in the future. Many have donated thru other platforms, and I have been deducting all of those donations from the total goal as they have come in, and will continue to do so to ensure the goal you see is accurate. Thank you so much.

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Hello! My name is Blue Skies, and I’m a 31 year old transgender nonbinary individual living in Columbus, Ohio. I’ve been out as trans for about five years, and my pronouns are they/them/theirs. After years of struggle, I’m finally going to be receiving gender-affirming top surgery on July 21st, and although my medical insurance covers a lot, it doesn’t cover all the costs associated with this type of surgery. This is why I’m asking my community for some help.

Many people are able to return to work pretty quickly following top surgery, but to be honest with y’all, I’m worried; I’m disabled and chronically ill; I struggle with mental illness and two serious autoimmune conditions. As such my recovery time following top surgery is extremely uncertain, which is why I might need more help than other trans folks you know. In fact, depending on how my recovery goes, I might need to create another fundraiser to help with my expenses further down the line. But let’s hope I don’t have to do that!

For now, my surgery- and recovery-cost breakdown is as follows:

  • $1,550 for the upfront cost of top surgery not covered by insurance
  • $450 for the rent, utilities, and other bills due during my work leave
  • $300 for miscellaneous expenses

Miscellaneous expenses include fundraising fees (Fundly charges a 4.9 percent platform fee; edit Fundly and Stripe, the credit card processor, actually take 7.8% from the total + 30 cents per transaction), medical supplies (silicon scar tape, copays for appointments, prescription costs, scar massage oils etc.), and wiggle room for unforeseen things. I’d also like to be able to compensate some of the folks who will be contributing a lot of time and energy to my care post-surgery (although there is a chance they won’t accept the money I’m going to try and pay them).

I work a part-time desk job from home, and I really hope I’ll be able to get back to work as soon as possible, seeing as the work is relatively easy on my body; but as I stated above, I’m worried that because of my disabilities my recovery will be difficult. Right now though, I want to be optimistic; I can’t live with my gender dysphoria any longer, and the many risks posed by this surgery are worth it to me.

Thank you so much for reading my story and considering making a donation, and/or for sharing my fundraiser. It means everything to me.

PS. If I receive more than $2,300 in donations, I will donate the excess to a local Black trans person whose surgery etc. still needs to be fully funded/lacks sufficient funds.

PPS. It has come to my attention that you can't donate less than $10 on here. If you want to donate a smaller amount, my c***app is $blue5x - my v***o is @blue5x - my p**p** is my email, b.bornofearth@gmail.com or my phone number. (I have so far received $389 in these donations, and have edited to goal to reflect this; goal is now $1,911!)

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Blue Skies posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #8

GOAL HAS BEEN MET!!!

Thank you so much for those who have continued to chip in. And of course everyone who has chipped in through out this whole process. You have all reaffirmed in me that We Care For Us. We Protect Us. It's a wonderful thing. With Love, Blue

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Blue Skies posted a new update:
3 months ago

Update #7

Goal was previously $3259, but I am reducing this by $800 due to an outside donation in that amount. I appreciate all the generosity that has come my way.

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Blue Skies posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #6

Hey y'all, sad news: another unexpected bill came in from the Anesthesia Services Office. Could be worse though right? I am healing so well, no complications, my "new" body is unlocking a deep contentedness and sense of rightness I imagined might be possible post top surgery, but I am astounded and pleased nonetheless. I will probably be able to get on a payment plan for this bill as well, but I am still adding this to my fundraiser goal because if I don't get help with this, I will really start struggling financially as the months go on. I really appreciate everyone's help, some people have donated multiple times! It means so much to me. You, you all are helping me stay afloat in more ways than one. Much love. -blue

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Blue Skies posted a new update:
6 months ago

Update #5

Some sad news - I got a surprise bill that I was not expecting, and did not factor in in my original outline of all my top surgery costs. The bill was the facility fee from the private surgery center where I had my surgery. I don't know what happened, but I feel like I was not informed of this. I know I should not be so sad/disheartened about this, but I am. I have extended my fundraiser and I may have to extend it again- I really appreciate all the help I have been gifted so far, and all the help I receive going forward. New goal is $2,287 (factored in a recent c*$happ donation).

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Blue Skies posted a new update:
7 months ago

Update #4

Thanks to all your generous donations, I have been able to continue paying my bills, and pay the person who has been caring for me post surgery. Thank you!!! Only $491 left to go!!!

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Blue Skies posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #3

got more donations on outside platforms and the total goal has been reduced yet again to $1911!! Only need $836 more to meet goal, woohoo!!! Thanks soooo much everyone who has donated, I love you all.

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Blue Skies posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #2

New goal, factoring in outside donations, is $2,080! and I'm halfway there!! Thank you SO SO SO much to everyone who has donated so far!

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Blue Skies posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #1

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far! I am updating the description a little because I didn't realize Fundly (and Stripe, the credit card processor) actually takes 7.8% from the total + 30 cents per transaction. Yikes! These companies always take a cut don't they? It would be easier if we just had socialism! Below is how much I have made from donations to other platforms so far; I'm going to add it all in one big chunk because of the per-transaction fee.

- venmo = $120.31
- paypal = $10
- cashapp $0

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