Angus' story: Being a transgender childhood cancer survivor

On the New Zealand website, Stuff, a transgender cancer survivor shares his story of his upcoming mastectomy.

Angus Coleman was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH) at just 16 months old. LCH is a rare type of cancer that can damage tissue or cause lesions to form in one or more places in the body. During his time with cancer, Angus had ongoing treatment from an endocrinologist which is now helping him take his next steps in his gender transition.

“I was actually set up with an endocrinologist back when I was diagnosed with langerhans cell histiocytosis  [rare cancer]which is actually the doctor you need to see to get hormones prescribed. It was almost meant to be,” Angus told Stuff.

Now the 19 year old is preparing for another surgery – a gender affirming top surgery. Female-to-male top surgery, also known as a double mastectomy, is a reconstructive surgery to remove the breasts and create a flat chest.  You can find more about his story on Stuff.

Angus will play drums at a benefit gig to raise money for his surgery


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