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  •  I don't think two letters (1+ / 0-)
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    Is a bad idea.  If you can't navigate the world well enough to be sane in front of two shrinks for a few hours over a few months, then a doctor would be ill advised to take that kind of risk.  This is really cold, I know.  And there are exceptions.  But...it isn't like the old days.  My evaluating psychiatrist was one of the sweetest people I've ever met.  My shrink was a good and effective professional.  It wasn't all that expensive and it didn't take all that long.  

    The cost of surgery on the other hand...yeah, single payer.  God.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 05:14:16 PM PDT

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    •  You have to do 1 year of real life test to get SRS (3+ / 0-)
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      including transition on the job. It cost me and has cost many others our careers and life savings.

      It is not cheap and easy, even if you have enough stashed away to pay the surgeon. The cost is not $18,000 and a round trip ticket to Scottsdale, AZ. TH

      The cost is one human life.

      Yours.

      Now tell me again, dear Drs. Zucker and Blanchard, that I did it all for sex.

      •  Yea (3+ / 0-)

        I worked probably five years of my life -- my reasonably well paid life -- to pay the docs.  I didn't consider it "real life test" so much as, oh hell, actually doing it now.   I opted for several passing surgeries which cost far more than SRS, but it took five years to pay for everything.  I also helped someone else. Is that a "test" or just...process?  

        I didn't say it was cheap and easy, just that two letters are not that onerous to get.  I don't see the expense of transition itself -- "test" or no -- as part of the burden.  And if you really have money (I don't, though I'm lucky enough to have been employable nonpassing in the extreme)  you can of course see the facial surgeon first and experience a much lower level of evil, and you can do that without any letters at all.  Like many things, it comes down to money in the US.  Elsewhere too, but at least there is recourse.

        ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

        by jessical on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 07:28:36 PM PDT

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        •  I did see the facial surgeon first (3+ / 0-)
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          ... a whole 3 months before my SRS. But I was using retirement money to do it.

          •  heh (2+ / 0-)
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            I shipped some software.  I suppose in a sense I was also using retirement money.   When I consider the years before I could afford it, I am just very very grateful I could do it, albeit it isn't for everyone.  Times have often been hard but I've also been...breathtakingly lucky.

            It was all a long time ago now.  If I had more facial surgery it would be for the same reasons as Joan Rivers...or Jane Fonda lol....

            ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

            by jessical on Tue Apr 26, 2011 at 07:54:06 PM PDT

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