When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia and went to the doctor with a few painful bumps, I was greeted with disbelief.
My doctors thought I had a bacterial infection, but I had never even heard of the term.
I was told that I had “the flu” (an idiom coined by one of my patients), that I could have anaphylaxis, or something else worse.
“The flu is an illness that affects just about everybody,” my doctor said, before turning my symptoms into a mental health diagnosis.
The next time I was at the doctor, I explained that I was suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and that I needed to go to a doctor immediately.
My doctor recommended a visit to a podiatrist to get a CT scan.
The first CT scan was too early to get me a new one, but my doctor was willing to wait until I had more time.
As the days passed, I began to realize that I wasn’t alone in my fatigue and fatigue-related problems.
My symptoms were all over the map.
I could walk and talk, but not very well.
I couldn’t hold a conversation without getting lost.
And I couldn.
But I wasn’ t alone.
The symptoms didn’t just appear to be due to fatigue.
When I started taking hormones, I also began noticing symptoms like: anxiety, low mood, depression, and stress.
And as I started getting a better handle on my symptoms, I became even more worried about my mental health.
So I started calling a psychologist and began seeking professional help.
In my case, that meant calling a friend.
My friend was not only a trained health educator, but she also knew my condition.
She had worked with me on my physical and mental health, and she was well-versed in the transgender community.
She and her partner, a transgender woman, had begun a relationship with a transgender man in the past and they decided to get together to get their health insurance covered.
They had to be careful about taking hormones and have their health monitored and insured by a doctor.
The insurance companies would pay for those costs, but they would also cover the cost of having my doctor do a pelvic exam, which would include my exam, my CT scan, and my physical.
The doctors who did the pelvic exam had to take my insurance, too, and the insurance companies weren’t interested in covering it.
So my friend and I got together and decided to try and figure out a way to get my insurance covered so we could have a physical and get my hormone shots and hormones covered.
We talked with a lot of people in our local transgender community, including my friend’s partner, and we found a couple who worked at the insurance company and had a referral to a private insurance company in Texas.
We called them and explained the situation.
They agreed to pay for the $150 we needed to pay the insurance for the pelvic exams.
We were then able to buy a new insurance policy, with the promise of coverage for our hormones and hormones shots.
Our insurance provider was willing and able to cover our hormones, and they paid for the entire $150.
But it didn’t stop there.
They told us they would cover our insurance costs for the physical as well, but that they would have to cover all of our other medical care, including the CT scan and all the tests that would take place during that exam.
It was clear that my health insurance provider had no idea what the hell I was dealing with.
As we continued to get medical tests and procedures done, I started to get worried about what my future looked like.
I started having flashbacks about the surgeries I had gone through, wondering what would happen if I got them again.
And then one day I received an email from my insurance provider, offering to cover the entire cost of my pelvic exam.
This sounded like a great deal, but the insurance provider told me that my insurance would not cover anything else.
We could keep our insurance coverage for the exam.
The doctor was able to do the pelvic test, and all that we needed was the CT.
So, after all that was covered, I called my insurance company.
My insurance company called me back to let me know that the doctor had agreed to cover my exam.
But there was one catch: I needed the scan to be done in my own home, so I could pay for my surgery.
My insurer did not want me to pay out of pocket for a CT that could be done at home.
So it asked for a deposit, which I paid and was able get it done at my own expense.
The rest of the insurance plan did not cover the physical, but it covered all of the drugs and treatments I was receiving, including hormones and my treatment for CFS.
But my insurance plan was not satisfied with that.
So instead of getting the CT done at a doctor’s office, I had to go through a private company to get it