Hello Felix :) just a quick question regarding your surgery.. How long did Dr Yelland require you to be on T for before you had surgery? Thanks, Jaycob :)
As far as I’m aware, there was no specific time requirement. I went privately, and all he needed at that time was a referral from Dr Curtis. I think the regulations may have changed, and you might need a second referral from another mental health professional now.
I’m not sure exactly how it works under the NHS I’m afraid. There will probably be a time requirement, but it’s also to do with funding.
Hope this helps, feel free to ask more if you need,
one year on T
I struggle with marking my transition in terms of medical interventions, because I don’t believe that is the only way to do it, and I know that other things matter to me just as much.
But it’s a way of marking it nonetheless and it had been a pretty big year. This time a year ago I was just coming back from San Francisco, freshly tattooed, thinking lots about top surgery and how to make it happen.
Now I am 9 months post op, taking ballet class, being a barber. I didn’t know what was going to happen or that this could happen, but I’m happy and that’s good, and I want to keep on trying to make things better for all bodies, everywhere.
I can move through the world relatively unhindered, because while I may not have cis privilege, I’m a white, able-bodied, male person, and this gives me plenty of it. I recognise that I have gained something at the same time as losing something else. I feel, at times, uncomfortable with this, I don’t know what it means for me really, there is much more to say but articulating it is hard.
What it means to be seen as man but not feel it always, I don’t think I’m man, just person, masculine end of things, mostly. Well most of the time I feel like a cross between 1930’s gentleman and castro twink. That feels better yes.
8 months post op
Today is 8 months exactly since I had my top surgery, with Dr Yelland in Brighton.
I am thankful every day that my parents made this possible for me, that Dr Curtis referred me, that my surgery was successful and without complication, that I am healing well, that my friends and family took such good care of me.
I haven’t had a moment of regret, just joy.