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Meet Veronica

Veronica's story

Annual Trans Surgery Fund recipient


Veronica (she/her) is a trans woman from Pennsylvania. Veronica struggles with her mental health, especially feelings of dysphoria that she experiences on a daily basis. Like so many others in our community, she fought tirelessly to get insurance coverage towards her surgery until her appeals were ultimately denied.

She shared how a supportive wife and chosen family have helped support her throughout her transition. She is hopeful that surgery will give her confidence to continue making positive changes in her life, and one day hopes to go back to school for another degree.

Veronica's timeline

  • Award Granted

    February 22, 2018

    Veronica was granted a Surgery Fund Award!
  • Care Received

    July 25, 2018

    Veronica successfully completed surgery with Dr. Leis!

Grant details

$3,000 towards gender-affirming care.

About MTF Top Surgery

On average, it costs $9,000+ for Veronica's care.

What is it?

MTF top surgery is typically a breast augmentation, a surgical procedure aimed at increasing the size or improving the shape of the breasts. The procedure is customized to each individual’s desired outcome.

What is life like for a person who needs this care?

Prior to care, many trans femme folks experience dysphoria that impacts their daily life. We commonly hear from applicants that they feel “simply incomplete” without access to care, which often leads to less confidence, safety when in public, and access to life opportunities.

How accessible is it for trans folks to receive this care?

Breast augmentation is often considered a cosmetic surgery and is therefore unlikely to be covered by insurance.  It can also be hard for trans femme folks to find affirming surgeons in their region, especially in states and regions most impacted by anti-trans healthcare legislation.

What is the impact of this care on the recipient’s life?

Many trans folks who undergo top surgery report massive improvements to their overall well-being and mental health, leading to increased confidence and more comfort in relationships, navigating public spaces, and more.