I’m Tory. I’m a 27 year old transgender man,and I’m desperate to finish paying off the balance I need to finally get my top(chest) surgery. I started my journey at 15,but with less than supportive parents I didn’t have the opportunity to begin living as my true self until 3 years ago. I left home at 17 and have been working and struggling an unfortunate amount since, never stable enough to reliably save up as I needed to for this operation.
To a point, that has finally changed. I found a (relatively) local surgeon who not only does excellent work but was the most affordable I’d ever seen at just $5900 for everything. I worked hard at a welding shop,tightening every expense I could to stow money. I successfully paid off $3000 of the full cost. I had originally planned my surgery for November 26th and was well on the way.
Sadly, the shop fell on rough times and as the most junior employee I was let go. I have been unable to find a new job in my field and so am working tirelessly, taking every scrap of overtime possible as a courier for an auto company. While my life expenses are in order, I’m not making enough to put away what I would need to meet that final $2900 by April 1st without sacrificing my rent and bills.
I have been maintaining a GoFundMe to ask friends and family to help,only requesting $1000 and hoping to find side jobs to gather the rest so as not to feel like a burden. That too,sadly isn’t panning out. In 4 months I’ve only received $145. The generosity I have gotten has touched my heart,but I’m still left uncertain it will raise what is needed.
So,much as I feel a schlub posting this up, if anyone would be willing to give even a portion of that last little bit I need to finally,FINALLY feel comfortable and secure in my own body, you would have my eternal gratitude. I’ve waited so long to feel like I can really live and move forward and I’m so close.I just want to be finished and move along to being just your average,gritty welder.