Thursday, October 1, 2015

Transgender Teen Surprised With First Dose of Hormones After Waiting 2.5 Years!

Corey Maison is a 14-year-old transgender teen from Chicago, Illinois who had been waiting for more than two years to start hormone therapy. On the day her estrogen hormones finally arrived, her mom Erica managed to capture her surprise...

Today after waiting 2 1/2 years she FINALLY got her estrogen. I picked it up while she was in school so she had no idea. We have been waiting months for the readiness letter to be finalized and sent to Chicago, so had no idea on a timeline of when it would actually happen. Sorry I had to stop recording because we were both blubbering sobbing fools LOL. September 24th is a day I will remember for the rest of my life!

The Story Behind the Girl:

Erica told BuzzFeed News that Corey was always feminine, even from the time she was very young. “She loved to dress in high heels and dresses. In public she wore boy clothes — I just assumed she might be gay.” When Corey was in the fifth grade she was bullied so badly her mother made the decision to pull her out of public school and begin homeschooling.

When Corey was 11-years-old she and her mother mother-daughter discovered transgender YouTube sensation Jazz Jennings (see video below), and things suddenly clicked. “She said, ‘Mom, I’m just like her, I AM a girl.’” Once she was at home and free to be herself, Corey started gaining confidence and began dressing like a girl in public — which wasn’t always easy. “Her hair was still very short, and she still looked like a boy. People would give her dirty looks, and take pictures of her with their cell phone cameras,” Erica says. “I told Corey, ‘Every time someone points their phone at you to take a picture, you turn and smile and strike a pose!’” Erica began the search for a therapist who specialized in transgender children to help the family through the process of Corey’s transition.

She was directed to the gender clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, which was five hours away from their home. Corey was given a puberty-suppressing implant just a few months later. “It’s usually a fight to get the insurance to cover it for gender dysphoria, and we were fully prepared to write letters, make phone calls, whatever it took to get it covered, as it costs $21,000 just for the implant — that didn’t include any of the doctor or hospital fees for placing it surgically,” her mother said of the process. The family was informed that the procedure would be fully covered by their insurance.

 The family’s therapist and the medical team in Chicago determined that Corey was ready to start hormone therapy in August of 2015, when she was 14 years old. But the process took longer than Erica expected. On Septtember 24, 2015, Erica finally received a phone call from the pharmacy letting her know the estrogen prescription was ready to be picked up. She has since received only positive reactions since posting the video to YouTube and Facebook. “We all just want to be loved and accepted by others, and that is all I want for my daughter, to be loved and accepted for who she is inside.”

Info source: fox29

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