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Unfortunately a part of the trans community has to engage in survival sex work because they can't find employment.

There are people who are self described "non ops" but I don't really understand them. Not everyone has the financial resources to do so, especially if they're unable to get a decent job. My family is strongly roman catholic and this has caused some significant issues.

Good for you, even with the anonymity given online it is very brave to share and be open to questions from a bunch of strangers. Curious to know when you knew you were meant to be a female?

Good luck to you in the rest of your transition and congrats on becoming the gender you feel you were born to be. Did you play with dolls and want to wear girls clothes when you were a child?

I do have questions: Do you have to go to Vancouver or elsewhere for the hormones and surgeries or is there someone/thing local? I have seen many programs with individuals who lead the life of a certain gender and take hormones but choose to leave their 'plumbing' alone. The transition must have been a big step as well as a huge expense! Are you actually feminine looking or can people tell? I hope your family and friends have been supportive during all of this.......

Do you have a supportive family (I sure hope you do!! Did they somewhat have a hunch or was it a complete shock? Good for you, even with the anonymity given online it is very brave to share and be open to questions from a bunch of strangers.

That does seem strange that your mother is in more denial and shock over it than your father.

I bugged a ton of people at interior health until they started something - as of about a year ago there are medical / psychological resources here. It seems that they're going to continue to farm out MTF surgeries to a surgeon in Montreal, which is fine with me since he's quite skilled.

It's a lot better now, although I still see my endocrinologist in vancouver (I think he's better and the tax break for medical travel is nice.) My GP isn't really involved in the process. Travel is out out pocket and there are hospital fees, etc, that are out of pocket.

Once I had gone through the necessary steps (over a lot of visits), I was referred to an endocrinologist (hormone specialist) there.

Even though I had the financial resources to pay for everything out of pocket and was able to take the time to do that, I knew others here didn't. There is a Vancouver doc who has trained in how to do these surgeries, but he can't get OR time.

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