My name is Kauê Henrique, I am a 21-year-old queer latino trans guy and I've been transitioning (socially and now recently also medically) since I was 16, which was when I found myself to be a trans man.
I started hormone replacement therapy with testosterone free of charge through my country's free national health care system on August 14, 2018. Since then, I've been feeling an increasing urgency to get mastectomy (top surgery) done.
However, I can not afford the cost of such an operation; I am a scholarship student and currently unemployed, I live with my grandmother who is retired, and we support ourselves mainly with her retirement income and with the allowance my mom gives me. The waiting list for the surgery through the free national health care system (SUS) is of at least 5 years plus 2 years of obligatory therapy, and considering the current state of the Brazilian government, there is a possibility that in the near future this free option won't even be available anymore.
I use binders, and they're hand-me-downs and were donated to me years ago, so they no longer fulfill their job of masculinizing my appearance that well anymore. Although extremely necessary, prolonged use of those binders is proving to be increasingly harmful to my health by causing me to have constant muscle and back pain, as well as possible risks to the formation of my rib bones and the shape of my chest, which could potentially complicate the procedure. Ideally, I'd have to perform this surgery as soon as possible, so it's not feasible for me to wait to do it through SUS.
In addition to the risks to my physical health, there's also the detriment of my mental health. Living with depression and constant dysphoria makes my quality of life gradually deteriorate. Many trans men insist on saying that to them, getting surgery is like achieving a "dream", but I myself think differently: it's not an esthetic procedure or a luxury, it is simply a health issue.
The amount requested will cover, in addition to the surgery itself, the cost of consultations with the surgeon, exams/blood work, hospital expenses, anesthesia, vest and anti-embolic socks for the post-op period, medications/antibiotics, and gogetfunding's own fees.
Addtionally, I commit to always keep those who contribute with any amount updated, letting everyone know the situation and progress of this whole process. I will also be contributing with my own money as soon as possible, making this campaign a real team effort.
Thank you in advance for any and all donations made, however small.