I have been on a difficult health journey for most of my nearly fifty-eight years. I suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, sleep apnea and Gender Dysphoria. The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) has robbed me of much of my strength, stamina and energy. The sleep apnea has disrupted my ability to get a consistent good night’s sleep. The sleep apnea is being treated fairly effectively with a CPAP machine. The Gender Dysphoria has contributed mightily to my depression, anxiety and the general life discomfort during my lifetime. My doctors are also keeping tabs on a tumor in my head with MRI’s. The tumor is hopefully benign because it would be a troubling surgery to remove it, from what I understand.
Treating the ME and the Gender Dysphoria effectively would cost tens of thousands of dollars and wouldn’t be covered by insurance. There is a cutting-edge therapy for ME called alternately Mickel Therapy or Reverse Therapy. This is an unconventional therapy that attempts to work back through some of the emotional trauma that has caused physiological changes in the emotion centers of my brain. This seems to offer the most promising results for treating ME, Chronic Fatigue Syndorome and some similar diseases, when compared to any of the treatments previously offered. Actually, there is no accepted medical treatment currently advocated by mainstream medicine for this group of medical conditions.
The Gender Dysphoria is also known as Gender Identity Disorder (GID). GID has some very real physiological bases within our anatomy. Scientific research has indicated that hormone irregularities in the womb, genetic irregularities and brain structure anomalies help take in account for the occurence of GID in a portion of our general population. For people that have a serious case of GID, the only effective treatment is hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgery.
Sadly, for me, these treatments would be prohibitively expensive at this point. I have been unable to work for a couple of years now, too. I am actively waging my own battle to try to change insurance policies, in order to get them to start covering some of these treatments. Meanwhile, I will just continue to pray.