Cardinal, who lives at a native reserve not far from St. Paul, Alberta, told the Daily Mail that procedures received from Canadian doctors in the past have led to "constant discomfort and pain."
"It's taking this psychological burden on me. If I'm not able to access proper medical care, I don't want to continue to do this."
Cardinal received a vaginoplasty in 2009, only to develop troublesome complications and regret the decision soon thereafter, according to the outlet. Issues include a constant feeling of pressure, pain, and discomfort even today, over a decade after the operation.
"The reason why I applied for MAiD was due to the lack of treatments made available to me in my province over the course of two years," Cardinal told The Post Millennial. "In 2021, I experienced a painful partial collapse of the canal. It hurt to dilate, and I wasn't able to dilate the full length of the dilator."
"I had gone to my family doctor to seek help/treatment, and I was met with 'we as females experience vaginal atrophy'. My anatomy is not the same as a biological woman's, but she did recently complete a diversity & inclusion seminar. So maybe that's where she learned such falsehoods?
"She also suggested that I get tested for STD's [sic] because her understanding of 'bipoc transwomen' are that they are most likely to be in the sex trade," Cardinal continued. "This was in June of 2021. I had not seen a specialist in person only phone calls. By that time, I had added a second dilation to my weekly schedule to gain back the depth loss, albeit painful."
"The following year, 2022, I had a confusional migraine episode and I forgot which genitalia I had. I was very confused and suffered mentally, of course it was dismissed. I would never wish that type of mental anguish upon anyone. That was my tipping point.
"There is no professional medical help for people like me that isn't captured by gender ideologies. Ideologies based on feeling rather than facts and pushed by non-dysphoric individuals. They left me with no other choice."
A study from the University of Florida found that recipients of this and similar operations often go through pain even after five years post-surgery. Other severe symptoms include incontinence and frequent, urgent needs to use the restroom.
In a paper posted by Cardinal, a rejection can be seen for the assisted suicide request, known in Canada as medical assistance in dying (MAiD).
"Based on current clinical information and consultations [the patient] does not meet current MAiD criteria," read a note from a doctor.
Cardinal said this denial for MAiD constitutes a "human rights concern," and that doctors in Canada are "so captured by gender ideologies" that they pay more mind to "my pronouns" than they do to bringing "better medical care."
Aside from speaking out on this, Cardinal has publicly stated his strong opposition to the targeting of kids in regard to gender ideology, arguing that children and other vulnerable Canadians are "falling prey to a trend that is medicalized."
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