Yesterday I had a doctor's appointment and was approved for HRT! I can start taking T as soon as I can get my bloodwork done and can come up with $60 for a four month supply! The doctor sent out the approval form for government drug coverage of the prescription so in 6-8 weeks at the very latest I'll have my appointment with @omega_tess to do my first injection! I plan on getting a job to pay for the prescription before 6 or 8 weeks passes though, and once I'm approved for the drug coverage I will be reimbursed! I can't wait to be in that office learning how to do the injection and receiving my first dose of hormones!
The doctor also sent out the approval form for chest surgery! Once I am approved for that funding in 2-3 weeks I can officially call a surgeon and book an appointment! The health coverage here only pays for the Mastectomy portion of the procedure, not the contouring/shaping which costs about $2000 CAD (not to mention the cost of travel, food and accomodations during the process) but there is a 9-12 month long wait list for a surgery consult appointment which gives me time to save the necessary funds! I didn't even think my top surgery would be addressed in this appointment AT ALL! The doctor said that because of the wait times I may as well not wait! I felt like my medical transition was out of reach, that I would have to do so much more work to prove my true gender to any medical professional in order for them to feel comfortable moving forward with my transition.
I was mislead by my family doctor who has outdated information about how the law surrounding transgendered patients works. I was so fortunate to be connected with the proper resources through my community's LGBTQ+ drop in center because now I can finally feel confident in who I am and in the knowledge and 100% guarantee that I will one day be on the outside who I am on the inside.