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Obamacare to cover majority of transgender woman's sex reassignment surgery costs

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Lisa Larson said she knew at the age of three that something was different.

In an exclusive interview, Larson explained what it means to be transgender, and how Gender Identity Disorder is seen as a medical condition as she prepares for transsexual sex reassignment surgery in 2015.

Larson spoke about the mental, physical and emotional preparation for the surgery, and the relief she feels knowing Obamacare is covering the majority of the costs.

Next year will be Lisa Larson's 60th birthday, but it will be the first time she's true to herself. Larson started the transition process almost a year ago to the day, and though she's never been happier, she worries society still won't accept her as a woman.

"We have no control over this, if we had cancer, I'd have as much control over it, or my green eyes," Larson explained. 

Lisa Larson says she's felt trapped in a man's body since the age of 3, but surgery has been financially out of reach.

"For a vaginoplasty, breast implants, facial reconstruction, hormones, laser hair removal, for everything that needed to be done, my first quote was $70,000," Larson added. 

However, with the help of Obamacare, Larson says she is looking at paying $5,000 out of pocket for the surgery, but because the surgery wouldn't be covered in South Carolina, Larson's been speaking with surgeons in Georgia.

"If you knew that you were in the wrong body, wouldn't you want to be who you really were, really and truly?" Larson asked.

For taxpayers who may question the necessity of her surgery, she asks them to consider what it would be like to choose between life and death.

"This is healthcare, that is pertinent to saving a person's life," Larson explained. 

Larson admits to attempting suicide, not once, but four times. But society's acceptance isn't everything to Larson. She says her own children won't speak to her.

"Not one of them, they're in their twenties and their thirties, and I've got five. and I've got a teenage grandson. They don't know me," Larson said.

Those who do know Larson see that she is changing in the best way, and she hopes her family will someday see that too.

"If they knew the real me, rather than the guy that I was, they'd love me to death, because I'm so much different. I'm so happy, and when you're happy in your life, you're such a better person," Larson explained.

Larson hopes sharing her story will open peoples' minds and hearts to the transgender community. She plans to undergo surgery before the end of the year.

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