Emmett's Top Surgery Fund

Emmett's Top Surgery Fund

From Em Green

Raising money to pay for medically necessary gender affirming surgery that I can not otherwise afford.

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I'm a transgender (FtM) individual who has been on hormone replacement therapy for 2.5 years now. My two big New Year's Resolutions are to finally get my name and gender legally changed, and to start making serious headway on pursuing my top surgery. I am now living in Chicago and the surgeon I want to see is Dr. Loren Schechter, who charges between $9,000 and $12,000 for top surgery. My current health insurance does not cover medically necessary surgeries for trans patients, so I will have to pay out of pocket for this procedure. The cost has prohibited me from pursuing surgery, as I can not afford this on my own. I am hoping that my wonderful friends, family, and followers will help me achieve my goal. 

I have been putting this off for years because raising the necessary funds seemed impossible and I never wanted to impose on the people I care about. The longer I wait however, the more urgent it becomes. Years of binding are taking a toll on my health, causing me back pain and limiting my ability to exercise. I can not comfortably use gym locker rooms or go to the beach or the pool in the summertime. It is very difficult for me to admit that I need help with this. I have not been very open about my transition online, as it is a very personal matter to me that I have only really discussed with my close friends and a handful of family members. I am not ashamed of being transgender, but it isn't easy and it isn't cheap. Sometimes it is scary. This year I want to be less afraid and be more proud of who I am, and this surgery is an integral step in my journey toward living my best life.

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