Hello to everyone who is reading this.
My name is Jace and I am a 23 years old ftm transgender. I've known that I was a boy pretty much all my life, even though the real struggle only began at the age of 13, when I reached my puberty and my body started to change in a way I simply couldn't accept. This led to a lot of difficulties and bullying at school, because I openly declared that I wasn't a girl, while everyone else felt the need to point at my chest and tell me that the fact that those had grown out was proof enough that I was wrong. Back then I didn't know what was 'wrong' with me and why my own body felt like that of a stranger. That was until I stumbled upon a documentary about a trans boy and finally I felt like I wasn't crazy. After weeks of research about the topic I found however that a lot of families were anything but accepting towards their transgender children once they had outed themselves, which prevented me from doing so for several years. In the end I went through hell and back as I finally outed myself to my family, friends, school and later even my coworkers, but the mental torture it took to get this far had already taken its toll. Now, already 10 years after first accepting myself for who I am, I have finally gotten to the point where I am getting Testosterone and would be able to get my gender confirming surgeries. The problem however is, that those are rather expensive and my insurance company won't cover the cost for them, which is why I am turning to this fundraising page, in hopes of getting support from you. I am currently working full-time as a kindergarten teacher, but even though I am denying myself any luxuries like going out with friends or eating anything but cheap meals from the grocery store, I still would have to save money for at least three years to pay for the surgeries on my own. With my dysphoria kicking my butt every single day I just wish for it to be all done already because I just know that It'll help me to live a happier life. The clinic I hope to go to is Florence-Nightingale-Hospital in Düsseldorf with the surgeon Prof. Dr. med. Jutta Liebau. The surgeries are supposed to cost around 5000$ but I am already saving up for my stay and recovery, etc. Thank you for reading this page and listening to my concerns. It would be great if you would share my story with your friends, family, social media and your community. None of you should feel pressured to donate, but if you are able or want to, I'd be more than thankful.