My name is Matthew, I am a 29 year transgender male, living in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
I started saving for my chest surgery since September 2014 and was well on my way, till unforeseen financial circumstances came to light at work. I worked at a Private Christian School in Port Elizabeth for the past 3 years, where I was the Managing Assistant, Receptionist, Administrator, Data Capturer and Graphic Designer. By my calculations, I would have saved up enough to have my chest surgery done December 2016.
Beginning May 2015 I was paid my March salary and did not receive another cent till the end of August 2015 (R2000, which is about $200) and again start of Oct. (R1000 = $100). I officially resigned 31 July 2015. I let my boss sign for all the money he owed me since 2012. (to date he owes me R139 100 = $13910) I don't know if I will ever see my hard earned money, ever.
I was jobless till 15 September 2015, and managed to get a part-time job contract (16 Sep - 15 Jan 2016). My current salary at my new job covers my fuel and medical aid. I am still sending in my CV left and right, from office jobs, to hard labour jobs. Unfortunately all my documents still have my birth name, which might also play a role in not finding a new job.
And here I am, today, setting up a GoGetFunding profile for anyone who would be able to help fund my cause. I feel not having chest surgery is holding me back from living my life. Always having to wear a binder / tight vest to keep my chest flat, always wondering if it looks flat enough, getting a fright every time someone touches me, scared that they might feel my binder, to the extent where I am even scared to hug people.
Donating to my cause will not change the world, but I would change MY world and greatly enhance my quality of living.
Any donation will do, big or small and I will keep you all updated on how things are going, saving wise, job wise and just general life wise.
$4000 is the cheapest quote I could get so far in South Africa. On 18 November 2015, I will be getting an official quote from the surgeon I chose in Port Elizabeth and post it on here. If it is more, I will try my hardest to cover the difference from my side. If it is less, the balance will go towards recovery meds and check up costs.