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Please! I need help with extensive repair and restoration of my teeth due to a twenty-seven year long illness. I'm now getting better!

I have a medical need which I find hard to talk about because it is unusual and embarrassing. A complication of my twenty-seven year-long struggle with chronic pain and manic-depression has caused me not to be able to brush or floss my teeth for months at a time. At other times, during the course of these years, I have spent more than an hour at a time cleaning my teeth. As a consequence, of course, my teeth are greatly in need of repair and restoration.
My only income is from social security disability and a little bit more from occasionally taking care of my nephew. The amount from social security is not high because it is based on one's withholding from money earned working, and my chronic pain was caused by a work injury which put an end to my regular working life twenty-seven years ago when I was (ironically) a young woman of twenty-seven. Anyway, the amount of money it would cost to fix my teeth and allow me to smile again is much more than I could ever afford myself. Without help from kind and compassionate people online, I'm going to be condemned to going through life with a closed mouth, and fearful that people will see spaces from missing teeth and large, untreated areas of decay when I interact with them. And I'm ready to smile again!
After many years of trying different doctors and different medications, I'm finally seeing a good doctor for me and taking medications which are helping. For so long, I was fighting a lonely battle with depression isolated from other people, so not being able to smile with other people wasn't a problem. But now I want to be with other people again. I want to have a life again!
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