I set up Zacchaeus Crafts in April last year to try to fundraise for a hysterectomy. At this time I've raised nearly £2000 and I am so grateful to everyone who's contributed by donating, sharing and supporting me.
Back in November 2017 I had an appointment for my second opinion for surgery. Following this I was eventually referred to the local hospital for a hysterectomy. A couple of weeks ago I had a consulatation with the gynaecologist and I am now expecting to have the surgery in September.
As I have now been offered surgery on the NHS I am plannign to donate the money I have raised to Action for Trans Health's solidarity fund to go towards other trans people's healthcare costs.
I have decided that I am going to continue Zacchaeus Crafts as I have enjoyed making and selling things. I'm pleased people like my designs and want to buy them. I will be continuing to fundraise for Action for Trans Health until the end of September as I am booked into a couple of Pride festivals this summer and I feel that I will be able to raise a substantial amount for AfTH through these.
After the 30th September the profit will be split between Action for Trans Health or other trans people's gofundme's and my own living costs as required.
In addition to this, I am working on a new website for my craft business where I will be selling my goods in addition to etsy.
Today I'm excited to officially launch my craft shop: Zacchaeus Crafts!
All the items are handmade or painted by me and I will be adding new products over the coming days and weeks. I primarily make trans and rainbow themed goods, but I am considering expanding slightly in the future.
I've put a lot of my time into making these items and I've enjoyed every minute. It has been helpful to my mental health recovery, plus seeing finished products at the end is very satisfying.
If you're in Sheffield and you'd like to buy something and collect it in person, please get in touch and I will be able to make arrangements with you.
Why am I doing this?
I want to raise money in order to get a hysterectomy, which I am still ages away from on the NHS due to their ridiculous gatekeeping. I'm on testosterone, but I still get periods and they're extremely painful. They make me feel incredibly dysphoric and depressed, often even suicidal. I've been to GPs and gynaecologists and had multiple scans, all with no results. No-one seems to be able to find the cause and doctors have tried to gaslight me in telling me that the pain could be from my pelvic injuries instead. I've had this pain for over 10 years now, and I know what it feels like. I've tried various pills and contraception as well as injections and painkillers. None of these work.
It feels as though every time I lift myself up and start feeling slightly better, I'm knocked back down again a week or so later.
Last October I was told I was going to get a hysterectomy, only to have my hopes dashed when I was refused again just a few weeks later. This sent me into a mental health crisis and this was a large factor in my taking time out from university. I've been told I need to wait for a referral from the gender identity clinic for a hysterectomy but it will take over a year until they will get around to approving me for a hysterectomy and I just can't wait that long.
My only option now is to go private, but for this I need around £5000. Through selling my crafted items and donations I am hoping to be able to raise this money.