Hello! My name is Tina and I'm queer, neurodivergent, 21 years old construction engineering student.
I am raising funds to help me get enough money for breast reduction! During and after puberty my chest grew really quickly, and right now I have to carry around G-cup breasts, and they are constantly getting bigger.
This great weight has been causing me a lot of back, neck and shoulder pain, but also it bend my spine to the point I now sport a very visible hunch. It's also causing me a lot of dysphoria, and I don't feel comfortable in my clothes anymore and I've taken to wearing loose clothes because of that, to try to hide my size. Not to mention all the money spent on expensive bras that still aren't comfortable.
I plan on getting down to small B-cups (at most!) and I have half of the amount needed for surgery already saved but the prices are constantly raising, and I'm afraid that without this fundraiser I won't be able to get surgery on my own.
I am currently unable to work because of my demanding university. I have classes four days a week for 6-10 hours, and my free days I do unapaid internship on construction sites, which will last until the end of August. With added homework and projects needed for to pass my classes, and also any kind of hobby I still try to do to de-stress, I am left with no time (and because of pandemic - no place) to work. I am also currently not eligible for financial support from my university. All my savings come from earlier years of summer work and tutoring I do.
It left me with no source of income aside from rare tutoring, but this doesn't earn more than 8 Euro a week, and my own savings are dwindling every month because of medicine I take regularly (f.e. ADHD medicine, skin care medicine), my psychiatrist appoinments, and also dental surgery I will soon need.
The amount this fundraiser is set to (currently 3000 Euro) will help cover:
- remaining surgery cost - currently surgery costs around 3800-4000 Euro, but prices have been steadily going up (in February it was 3300 Euro), and I'm afraid that before I reach my goal, and before I'll be able to get surgery (September is earliest possible time) prices will go up again. That's why it's time sensitive. I'm afraid that when lockdown ends and I will be able to find any kind of work, the prices will be so high I wouldn't be able to earn this much money while still studying.
- medicine - exact amount is unknown to me at this moment, since it depends on patient, but from what I know it's usually around 50-100 Euro.
- special bras - needed to be worn after surgery for few months - 50-70 Euro per bra
- other necessities (food, rent)- I will have to go to clinic in another city, and because of that I will have to rent a flat for at least few days for at least two people (i would need someone's help after surgery).
Currently, I estimate the whole surgery cost to be around 4400 Euros, with possibility of price of surgery going up as months pass. I live in Poland, and our currency is really cheap, therefore it may seem like a low cost to someone not from here - but in reality, for a person like me, it's the amount I would need months of working full-time job to earn, if I saved 100% of what I earned, and I don't have this possibility. That's why even smallest donation helps!
If this fundraiser succeeds, I will be planning my surgery in September at the earliest, since I first need to finish my internship that I will be doing till the end of August, as it's necessary to get my Bachelors degree, and later my Masters.
Thank you all for helping me whether by donating or spreading word around <3