I truly enjoy helping others every chance I get. Whether it be lending them some money (or just paying for things outright, no questions asked), or simply giving someone a ride to where they need to go. I always donate my used clothing to the local Goodwill. I do what I can when I can, and feel great about helping someone when they need it.
This time, I’m the one in need, and have little to no resources. My mother’s side of the family has weak tooth enamel. And smoking for 16-years (quit smoking 18-years ago) did not help. I’ve had a poor childhood. I remember being to the dentist maybe twice in my entire childhood. My parents never really nagged about brushing teeth either. So, I didn’t know much better until I was in my twenties, and then it was too late. Teeth were decaying and falling out. And being homeless on three separate occasions in my twenties with no money meant that my teeth would continue to decay.
After picking myself up when I was 30-years old, I have presently been on my current job for 15-years. It’s a dead-end factory job, so nothing to write home about. And while I do have health and dental insurance, the dental insurance (depending on the year) only has a $750-$1000 maximum payout per year. Nowhere near enough for what I’m needing done.
Several years ago, I went to a local community college part time so that I could get some college under my belt and get a better job. I took some courses for Information Systems. Now that I’ve done that, I’m not able to get a job, and I’m guessing that since I would have to deal with customers during the course of the day, they won’t hire someone who’s mouth looks like mine.
To add to not being able to get a better job at the moment, I haven’t dated in over 15-years (or had sex, for that matter). And while I’ve had my share of opportunities, as soon as they see my teeth, they run the other direction.
To not be able to get a better job, socialize and date, or even be able to do something as simple as smile for such a long time, is finally starting to take its toll on me. Loneliness is finally setting in. I’m 45 and already through half my life.
While my job pays the bills, I do have a car payment, school loan and credit cards to pay. There’s nowhere near enough left over after bills for another big loan to get my mouth fixed. It’s going to cost close to $20,000 to get all of my teeth pulled. Four permanents put in (two top, two bottom) for dentures to clasp to, and prevent bone decay.
I’m praying that a kind soul will read this, and grant me the privilege and opportunity to turn my life around.
I would also like to make a pledge that any proceeds left over will go directly to someone/others on this very site, or a charity of your choice.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If possible, I’d also like to keep you, the donor, updated on the progress of my mouth. Knowing that you helped someone be able to date and smile again, would be the most amazing feeling imaginable. And to be able to do those things again myself after so long, will be indescribable.
May you be blessed, and thank you.