This is Nina and I, two American teens who both have pre-existing conditions. Both our families already struggle with a lot of medical costs and getting proper health care is tough enough. The two of us, as well as billions of other people have pre-existing conditions and everyone should be paying attention to this issue. Lives are at risk here.
Tired of feeling like I owe something more to anyone who offers me friendship than my friendship in return. Like I need to balance out the bargain because the friendship of a disabled person is somehow worth less.
A guest article by our favorite trans youth doctor, Dr Jo Olsen, from LA Children’s Hospital.
There are not many doctors who treat trans youth:
Unless a family can get to one of the few existing centers, there’s practically nothing in the way of services available. Sometimes this is true even for people within 50 miles of our Center.
And the naysayers blow everything out of proportion:
There’s a predominate misconception that the worst possible outcome for a human being is that they are transgender. Skeptics are critical of early intervention, asking the question, ‘What if they aren’t transgender and they’ve undergone hormone treatment?’ Every trans individual’s story and experience is unique, so great care and consideration is taken by providers who specialize in this extraordinary field of medicine.
What’s the benefit of puberty blockers? A lot
A physical gender transition does not eradicate every single challenge that trans people might face. What does change is the opportunity for transgender individuals to be seen in the world as their authentic selves, experience less anxiety going into public spaces, and have fewer symptoms of depression and thoughts of suicide.
Now we have to get other doctors on board with this “radical thinking”
One of the main reasons CHOP was named a leader in LGBT healthcare is the opening of a clinic serving trans youth:
In January CHOP opened The Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic to serve the needs of gender-variant, gender-nonconforming and transgender children and youth up to 21 years of age and their families. A multidisciplinary team including pediatric specialists in gender, adolescent medicine, endocrinology, and mental health offers assessment, medical and psychosocial support for patients and their families. CHOP is one of a handful of pediatric hospitals with a formal program that serves this often underserved patient population.