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Top Surgery Fund by Robo-Shark Top Surgery Fund by Robo-Shark
Note: I have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria, and was born with both male and female characteristics and reproductive organ defects. This is not a choice, a trendy statement, or purely cosmetic; it is a part of treatment for a legitimate medical condition. Please research trans medicalism and intersexed individuals before drawing conclusions. If your beliefs include denying medical treatment for birth defects or illnesses, then that is your opinion, but it will not change my decision to seek treatment. Thank you very much to those who have shown support and understanding for a serious medical condition.

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Hello friends!

I'm a 27 year old trans man who has been presenting as male for the past three years. I am planning for surgery and had been hoping to set up a date a few years in the future after saving commission money, but my HRT has been sucking all my funds, and my endocrinologist is very concerned with my health and highly recommends that I push hard to get surgery sooner than later, as binding my chest for as long and as often as I have had to due to working outside the home so much could be doing permanent damage to my ribs and lungs.

Unfortunately I can't afford to do this on my own. I'm working a combined 80-100 hours a week between my studio job and commissions, but with school loans and the cost of my injections, there is not much left at the end of the month. I'd hugely appreciate any help in getting to my goal so I can get my chest repaired and be able to live a slightly more normal life!

The surgery plus hospital stay generally costs approx. $10,000, and also requires me to stay in the hospital area for about a week. I am trying to provide $3,000+ out of my own pocket but some help would be really great. Once the total is reached, I'll work on scheduling the surgery and time off for hospital recovery!

Thank you so much for your consideration and for spreading the word. You are all amazing friends and your support has always meant so much to me! More rewards may be added over time!

-Jay

Top Surgery Fund!
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neo-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Yikes!  Boy am I behind in the news department.  Sorry for taking so long!  Good luck with the surgery!  I'm sure once the money part of it is handled the rest will go smoothly!  I can't offer much because I'm out of work for the summer and trying to raise money to even out my bills until Fall, but I have a little bit in my Paypal I can give to the cause.  :)  Could I send it to your Paypal account?
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh thanks Dana! I'm sure I'll make it there someday, gonna try to do a consultation with a surgeon soon, and I'm doing what I can to keep it local to cut costs overall. Pffft I'm the one who has a check to write to YOU when we get to the con, which by the way I've got the stock coming along well! :D Looking forward to it!

But thank you so much |D
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neo-dragon Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
That sounds great!  No need to worry until the con is here.  :D  Hopefully we'll make bank there, and you'll make profit towards your surgery!  I look forward to working the table with you, too!  It's going to be a blast!
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I really hope so! I'm pushing to make as much as I can, hope they sell either at the con or online shortly afterwards. Going to put as much as possible to the surgery. And looking forward to the con experience with you too!
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ThunderWolfang Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow I did NOT expect there to be a lot of people to start yelling hate towards your goal o3o

Well anyway, I'm glad you're not letting them bother you and it's very brave of you to go ahead with this <:3

I'm afraid I don't have any money to offer but I wish you the best of luck and hope you can reach your goal :hug:
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Aw thank you, I'm used to people being this way and I wasn't surprised to have a few who are showing their ugliness, hahah. Thanks so much, it has been a tough journey thus far but I'm fortunate to have a lot of really great friends to have gotten me this far! I appreciate the support!
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ThunderWolfang Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, buddy :hug: Anythime! <3
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Luminosion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Jayyyyyy ♥ /hugs tightly

I'll spread the word to all of my friends and get the message out! ♥

I love you so so much!!! ;v; I absolutely can't wait for you to reach your goal and finally take this step of treatment ;v;
This is so important and it's heartwarming and encouraging to see how much help you've received already ♥

I'm also choosing to ignore the fact that I saw some very disturbing comments here as well, since the people who make those sorts of comments are not only misinformed, but operating on a level so far below the level of love, acceptance, and understanding that you are on. ♥ It's literally impossible for them to understand or open their minds or hearts to anything beyond their own shallow and limited scope. I know you know that already, but I just wanted to reinforce it. ♥ You are an amazing human being who I care about very much, and to see someone make comments like that ... I just have to blot them out as fiercely as I can!! ♥ /guardKat mode
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Robo-Shark Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh thank you bro, I'm grateful for the support!

I'm blown away by the help that's been generously given so far, it's been overwhelming! I wouldn't have even pushed for this, I feel awful taking handouts, but my doctor was really concerned about the permanent damage that was being done to my body due to having to bind so many hours because of how much I work outside of the home.

I'm pretty used to hate, it was commonplace when I was at home to hear it regularly from my parents, grandparents, and extended family, as well as coworkers, so it's fine! Things are much better now that I've moved away from there and am living with an amazing loving partner and with awesome friends at work and locally. <3 I mean, I do hope people like that can one day find it in themselves to empathize for another person and purge that kind of wickedness from their hearts, I know what it's like to carry hate and it's a huge burden to have that inside you all the time. Life is a lot brighter when you let it go. :)

Thank you so much for the kind words and support, I'm glad more people are starting to understand how much transsexual people need support and treatment! <3
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Luminosion Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Of course!! Any time ♥

People care about you a lot, because (in case you haven't noticed) you are a bright sunbeam of happiness and positive energy that people flock to. c: We love you and we want to do all we can to help you <3

While it does hurt my soul to hear how much hate you have received, I have to say that what I know about your current life and everything makes me UNBELIEVABLY happy. ;v; You of all people deserve to find as much happiness and joy as possible, and it's just so reassuring and makes me feel good inside to hear that you have in so many ways. c': And of course you are absolutely right. The only way we can find unity and peace as a people is by learning to love and accept others, through empathy and compassion. I think what gets under my skin is the fact that so many people parade wickedness under banners of "religion" and "faith." It's like, if you take a step back and think about what you're doing, how does it align with anything divine?? Especially if you are parading it under a banner of "god," because everything I've ever heard about "god" is always associated strongly with love, caring, compassion and acceptance. So it's honestly the hypocrisy that hurts my heart the most. But like you said, carrying hate is the heaviest burden of all. Letting it go is so freeing and empowering; even when you can be hurt a bit more easily when you open your heart to others, it's definitely worth it in the long run. c:

I only hope that in my lifetime I can see the seeds of that kind of attitude start to spread, and maybe see things change for the better. I see it happening very slowly already, so I really think it's possible! People are just afraid of things that they can't relate to, I think. At least, I get that feeling a lot of the time. And then they react with hatred, anger, and violence. :c 

I have to say again I'm so happy with the way the move has affected you, and the direction you're headed!! It just seems like the beginning of an amazing future for you, and I'm absolutely thrilled to see how brightly you'll shine!! c:
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