Karen Adell Scot and I recently connected online because I’d often read her candid and life-affirming posts in a facebook group and I was sure that she had a great deal more to contribute to the Give ’em Hope Campaign.
One thing we could all strive for is to live with absolute authenticity and in doing so we can shine a light for others who struggle with self-acceptance. Sharing our stories can change lives and perhaps even save lives.
This is what Karen generously shared today and the comments that she received in response reaffirm what Karen told me, “It is important. Lives are at stake.”
One year ago I was laying in a surgery prep room waiting for an orderly to take me to Dr. Marci Bowers in to the operating room for GCS. I filmed all of my prep for future use. When I was rolled into the operating room and saw the stirrups where my feet would go I knew that I was going to be, for me, made finally complete. I teared up to see those stirrups. Marci was sweet and encouraging. I went through GCS with Marci in about 4 hours and then Dr. Joel Beck began FFS to correct some facial testosterone influenced bone structure. When I awoke in my room I again pulled out the camera and filmed for posterity.
My first feeling when I awoke was one of total, amazing relief… I was finally right, correct and authentic for me. I remembered back to when I was tiny and laying in my bed trying to tuck my plumbing away to become who I finally was.
Even with facial swelling, I cried tears of pure joy and told the little girl inside me that she finally made it. She finally was done. It was such an amazing day. I become emotional even writing this.
Recently here in California one brave young transgender woman fought and fought Anthem Blue Cross to demand her FFS be covered by her insurance.
Her amazing efforts and months long fight was finally won and she made precedent for the rest of us. Blue Cross agreed that she should have FFS covered by insurance. It is the start of bigger changes for all of us, should you want FFS someday. There is hope for a blanket acceptance by insurance that testosterone damaged bone structure for a transgender woman is the same as being in a car collision and having facial damage that needs repair.
So, as I celebrate my completion year anniversary, there is hope for so many more of us to have this procedure covered by our insurance in the future. Yippeeee!!!
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