Hi! My name is Aska, I'm 22, from Sweden & I've been uncomfortable for quite a while.
I'm androgynous, intergender, call it whatever you like. I simply don't fit into the usual term of male, female or transsexual. Now if I were transsexual there would be possible to help me with surgery here in Sweden without having to pay for everything on my own, but since I don't fall purely into the category of FTM there is only private options for me. Sweden is a very open country for HBTQ people, but apparently there is no help for people being intergender.
The problem for me lies in having breasts. Not especially "hideable" ones neither. I'm one of those gifted with a body with broad shoulders and no hips, but along with the package comes breasts that never were more than big, floppy skin... So each day I put on my binder - the thing that helps me keep my chest flat. The binder is a great help, but it is also quite a hassle. I can't wear armless shirts, I mostly stay inside when it's hot outside since the binder gets quite warm, I can't go swimming without using a swimsuit that keeps *everything* in place (loose skin.) and worst thing of all, it gets hard breathing quite often.
So, the only option for me (unless Sweden decides that they will help people like me feel ok and be able to breathe comfortably) is to pay for the party on my own. I've been researching my options, and apparently there is only one (1!) doctor willing to do this kind of surgery without a paper that states that I have some kind of issue. The lowest cost for it is 50.000Swedish Crowns, the amount I've set as a goal, but any help at all is greatly appreciated! I save all money I can get, work when there is work for me and so on, but it's going slow - too slow, and I feel worse and worse every day.
My wish for now is to get this surgery done so I can feel comfortable for the next summer and being able to breathe without a restraining binder in the summer heat...