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Boxerlover
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How much would the surgery cost? Or how much would the whole process cost? If I understand correctly there is some therapy or something, and hormones, and some kinda test were you have to live like that for a year.
Also, one year seems like a long time, could you start the process somewhere and finishit somewhere else?
What would you need to start?

And any other misc. details would be appreciated, thank you

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Hi Boxerlover,

The place people usually start with this, which is also a resource that will be able to answer a lot of your questions about the process, is, as Heather mentioned in your last thread, with a therapist.

We'd be happy to help you find a therapist in your area who could talk over your gender identity with you, and help you figure out what you'd like to do moving forward.

If you'd like help with finding a therapist in your area, we'll need your zipcode if you're in the US, or information about the area you live in in another country. If you're not comfortable leaving that here, you can email it to robin@scarleteen.com

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I have a trans friend if u want me to ask them abt the whole process...

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Heather
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Hey there, That Strange CT child: the issue with something like this isn't that no one knows anyone trans or anything about the process: it's that no one trans person process with any of this -- or costs -- are anything close to the same.

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That Strange CT child
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Oh i see
So i shouldnt trust those stupid shows that follow like a transgenderation sergeon person on like tlc and stuff?

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It's not exactly that you can't trust them, but just keep in mind that reality shows in general show only a small part of the story, so not everything makes it into the final version. And, as Heather said, the process of transitioning is highly individual, so what you see on TV really only shows one person's experience - it can't be generalized to trans people as a whole group.

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Ok that sounds more realistic [Smile]

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There is a pretty sizable community of trans* folks on YouTube who record video blogs about their transition processes, if you want to see a bit of the variety of personal transition narratives out there. They obviously don't cover the full spectrum of experience either since not everybody likes video blogging, but at least they represent exactly what individual people want to share about their transitions, are generally made with the goal of supporting others in the trans* community so that they have more information about possible transition experiences, and haven't been filtered through a reality TV show editing process.

Also , Heather has basically described this in shorthand, but there is not a single, all-encompassing surgery that trans* folks get - there are multiple procedures for altering people's chests (to flatten or enhance), genital surgeries, and sometimes facial plastic surgeries depending on what a person feels they need to be comfortable with their body and the way it is perceived by others. Prices and choices vary depending on the doctor, the type/number of surgeries, complicating personal health factors, insurance coverage, and probably other factors I've forgotten. Talking to a therapist about your options on that front is definitely the way to go if you want truly detailed and well-informed guidance about your particular situation.

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