My name is Jhana Reyes. I am a 21 year old transgender woman from Manila, Philippines, and I have been working on saving up for one of my gender confirmation surgeries, my SRS (sexual reassignment surgery).
I'm really nervous about doing this or even asking for help... but I do need help and that’s okay. I'm reaching out to you because I've finally started a GoFunMe to fulfill my longtime goal of having my sex reassignment surgery in Thailand. Asking for help isn’t easy for me. And my current situation makes it difficult to cover the expenses. I know that money can be tight, so please know that any support and donation big or small would help in any way whether it’s $1 or $100 it matters and counts. It helps me get one step closer to the woman I dream of being.
When I was little, I always knew I was “different.” I felt that I was born in a wrong body. I used to cry at night because I wanted to be different. This feeling never went away. I have recently learned that this uncomfortable feeling is called gender dysphoria. I tried to talk to someone really, really close to me and it was thrown in my face. I was told that I need to accept what God gave me and that this is who I was and that I should be proud of my body. I agree that I should be proud of my body, but in order for that I need to be the person I actually am.
As a trans person some things have been dealt to me and this is something In the cards for me that I need to feel safer and to finally feel like the woman I am on the inside. I’m so tired of laying in bed at night in tears because of Gender Dysphoria. for every transgender person, these surgeries can be a little different. Some trans people don't want them at all - whatever makes that person feel at home in their body is what they typically pursue. SRS is the most commonly known surgery for transgender folks - it is sometimes known as "bottom surgery", and other times it is mislabeled as "the surgery". It is the reconstruction of your genitalia to better match your gender.
Getting help to have my SRS will help me finally feel like myself. It will help me to recognize my body as my own. It will help me be the best me. Anything you can give will mean the world to me. You have no idea how much I will appreciate it. Again, you do not have to donate and I definitely don’t want you to feel sorry, but if you do want to support me you don’t know how much it means to me. I will be recording and documenting the whole process for all my donators, supporters, and myself. I feel like it’s my duty to share this journey with those who helped me and those going through what I’m going through. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my story. If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. I wouldn’t want anyone to feel alone like I have felt.